CJM court issues NBW against Anuraag Thakur

Anuraag ThakurA Dharamsala court on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against Hamirpur MP and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur and former Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state chief Narender Attri in case of obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.

Chief judicial magistrate Jaswant Singh rejected Thakur’s application for exemption from personal appearance in the case and order the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau’s north zone police station in-charge to execute the order and produce both the accused in next hearing on August 20.

Thakur’s councel Abhimanyu Chopra submitted in the court that due to the ongoing parliament session, Thakur who is an MP from Hamirpur could not appear in the court.

However, the court rejected the application on the basis that no documentary proof was provided to prove that accused is an MP and neither Thakur has signed the application submitted for exemption from personal appearance.

Another accused, state BJP media co-incharge Hemanshu Mishra against whom the CJM court has issued bailable warrant during last hearing was granted bail on Friday on furnishing bail bond of Rs. 10,000.

Besides Anurag, the case was registered against five others under Section 186 of the Indian Penal Code (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) on October 24, 2013.

Other four accused in the case who appeared before the court includes former minister and BJP spokesperson Praveen Sharma, Kutlehar MLA Varinder Kanwar, HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma and former Kangra-Chamba BJP media incharge Vishaw Chakshu Puri.

The case

The case pertains to October 24, 2013 when Anurag Thakur had visited vigilance bureau office at Dharamsala to join investigation in a case of cheating registered against HPCA.

Anurag’s supporters who accompanied him had staged a protest at vigilance bureau office premises.

The vigilance bureau had summoned Anurag to appear before the investigating officer on October 24, which happens to be his birthday. After a controversy erupted on the issue the vigilance bureau postponed the date to October 31.

Anurag alleged that bureau was harassing him and deliberately called him on his birthday.

(Source: PTI)

Himachal HC reserves judgement on HPCA’s plea

HPCAHimachal 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.

(Source: PTI)

HPCA row: Himachal writes to BCCI

Ahead of a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meeting, the Himachal Pradesh government Wednesday clarified that the state cricket body, registered as a cooperative society, is subject to proceedings for alleged irregularities.

State registrar of cooperative societies R.D. Nazeem, in a missive to the BCCI, said the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is registered under the Societies Act and subject to proceedings under its Section 41 over alleged irregularities.

Official sources said the letter was sent ahead of the BCCI meeting scheduled in Mumbai Sep 29.

The registrar of cooperative societies issued a show-cause notice to the HPCA Sep 7 over alleged irregularities in registering the sports body.

It has restrained the HPCA governing body from passing any order or resolution, or making any expenditure or investment or banking transaction or performing any other act concerning the affairs of HPCA without the approval of the additional deputy commissioner of Kangra district.

“The purpose of sending this communication is to point out the true facts about the state of affairs with regard to the HPCA, as per the facts gathered by the registrar and the media reports that the HPCA is claiming to be duly authorised body to attend the meeting of BCCI on Sep 29,” said the letter signed by Nazeem.

He further said: “There is substantial interest of the state government in proper functioning of the HPCA as the association has been given public largesse in the form of land and other facilities, being a registered society under the act, constituted for the purpose of development of cricket in most transparent manner”.
Interestingly, HPCA president Anurag Thakur told reporters in Dharamsala that the HPCA is not covered by the societies act.

In a setback to HPCA, the state high court Sep 19 directed Thakur to appear before the registrar of societies in Shimla.

Dismissing a petition filed by the HPCA and Thakur for quashing a notice issued to the cricket body by the registrar of cooperative societies, a division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh directed the petitioners to appear before the state registrar of cooperative societies Sep 30.

Thakur is also a joint secretary in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The court asked them “to submit objections and preliminary objections, which shall be decided by the registrar of societies”.

The HPCA had challenged the notice, saying it was converted to a not-for-profit company Oct 1, 2012, and hence it was not a registered society and the registrar of societies could not exercise any jurisdiction over it.

The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau last month filed a cheating and misappropriation case against the HPCA over alleged wrong-doings in allotment of land to the sports body for constructing a residential complex for the players near its stadium in Dharamsala.

The land was allotted when the BJP government, headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal, was in power in the state. Thakur is Dhumal`s son.

(Source: IANS)