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HPCA irregularities: Vigilance may name Dhumal,Anurag

Sources said the CM has given a week’s time to Vigilance to complete investigations.

With his party having put CM Virbhadra Singh under the scanner for corruption,former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his MP son Anurag Thakur may find themselves in fresh trouble with the state vigilance set to name them in FIRs.

Sources said the investigating agency has got a go-ahead from the government to invoke the strongest provisions in challans proposed to be filed in twin FIRs relating to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s (HPCA) irregularities and change of status from a registered society to a company,and demolition of a residential building close to the cricket ground. Anurag is president of HPCA.

There is also a third FIR under investigation pertaining to illegal felling of forest trees to built a five-star hotel —- The Pavilion —- as part of the cricket stadium project. It was decided that challans would be presented in court immediately and all HPCA functionaries and government officials,apart from political leaders,who were found to be involved should also be named in the challans.

Sources said officials also discussed possibilities of naming two IAS officers — additional chief secretary (agriculture) Deepak Sanan and former deputy commissioner Kangra R S Gupta,who had handled the case relating to The Pavilion.

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Sources said the CM,who heads a committee set up to probe HPCA affairs,has given a week’s time to Vigilance to complete investigations.

First published on: 05-01-2014 at 03:52 IST
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