Himachal High Court today reserved its judgement on a petition filed by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to implead Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and others as respondents in individual capacity in HPCA lease cancellation case.
The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the orders reserving its judgement after hearing the arguments of the HPCA, state government and the Registrar of Societies.
The HPCA had challenged the October 26, 2013 decision of the state government to cancel the lease granted in favour of HPCA and take over possession of all its premises.
The High Court had earlier dismissed the petition to implead the Chief Minister and other government functionaries while partially allowing the amendment of writ petition.
Along with the Chief Minister, the HPCA had sought to implead state DGP Sanjay Kumar, Kangra DC, C Paulrasu and Kangra SP, Balbir Singh Thakur in the case. The HPCA had then moved the Supreme Court, which remanded the matter back to the High Court for deciding it afresh.
Earlier, the High Court had rejected the plea of the HPCA seeking to quash the FIRs registered against it terming these malafide and politically motivated.
HPCA was initially registered as a Society but it later converted itself into a Company with the same nomenclature and transferred the lands leased to the Society by the government to the Company.
The Registrar (Societies) had issued a show cause notice to the HPCA, citing violation of the Societies Act.
However, the HPCA went to the High Court against the notice served by the Registrar and the HC restrained the Registrar from passing any orders till the pendency of the case.