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HPCA issue: Virbhadra slams Dhumal, Anurag

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has demanded the resignations of former Chief Minister and MLA  Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur MP in connection with a case of land allotment to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

On Saturday a trial court in Dharamshala, has summoned both PK Dhumal and his family members (Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal) for committing irregularities in the allotment of land, construction of hotel and stadium related to state cricket board.

Addressing to the media, Veteran Congress Leader Virbhadra Singh has said that Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur should abstain from holding from any public office, till the court acquits them in this case.

He said that the investigation related to the land allotment by the state government to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has been carried out on the basis of charge sheet submitted by the State Congress Committee to the President of India in 2012.

He has also slammed Anurag Thakur, head of HPCA, for allegedly grabbing the government property worth crore, under the garb of HPCA and playing with the sentiments of the budding players of the state and allowing outsiders to become the member of state cricket board.

Special Judge (Vigilance) KK Sharma issued summons to 16 accused, including the Dhumals, to appear in person at the next date of hearing on October 27. However, two other accused IAS officers Deepak Sanan and Ajay Sharma were not summoned, as the prosecution agency is yet to get sanction from Union Government, to proceed against them.

Eighteen people were formally charged on April 25 with alleged wrongdoing in allotment of land to Anurag Thakur-administered Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) for constructing a plush residential complex for players near its stadium in Dharamsala.

In April 2014, State Government got sanction to initiate proceedings against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shri Prem Kumar Dhumal for allotment of land to HPCA led by his son, who is also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary, during his regime as chief minister (2008-12). The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau had filed a case in August 2013 against the HPCA functionaries under sections 406, 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988.

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