HPCA row: HC asks cricket body to file reply by Jan 4

The government also told the court that Virbhadra Singh,Balbir Singh Thakur,Sanjay Kumar and C Paulrasu were not concerned with the matter in their personal capacities.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: January 9, 2014 5:52 pm

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Friday directed the HPCA to file its reply by January 4 next year on an application filed by the state government,seeking the court’s nod for the passing of the final order by the Registrar (Cooperative Societies),who had earlier issued a showcause notice to the cricket body while pointing out serious irregularities and violations.

Registrar R D Nazeem had issued the notice under Section 41 of the HP Societies Registration Act-2006 to the HPCA. However,on November 5,the high court had restrained the Registrar from passing any final order on the matter without the nod of the court. It also restored the possession of the Dharamshala cricket stadium to the HPCA,which was forcibly taken over by the government after the cabinet cancelled the lease of land to the cricket body.

On Friday,the government told the court that after receiving a reply from the members of the HPCA

governing body,nothing more was required to be done as proceedings were complete. A final decision had to be taken on the matter,it added.

The government also replied to the HPCA’s applications,demanding that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh,Deputy Commissioner C Paulrasu,Kangra SP Balbir Singh Thakur and DGP Sanjay Kumar be imleaded as respondents in the petition filed to challenge the government’s decision on cancellation of the land lease for the stadium. It asserted had that the decision taken October 26 to cancel the lease and to take control of the property was withdrawn by the government on November 18. Thus,most appeals made in the writ petition have become infructuous.

The government also told the court that Virbhadra Singh,Balbir Singh Thakur,Sanjay Kumar and C Paulrasu were not concerned with the matter in their personal capacities. “The plea for amendment of writ petition was frivolous and meant merely to procrastinate the proceedings and to remain in possession o the property,” it added.

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