Himachal Pradesh Cricket Assocation President and Lok Sabha Member from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur has been summoned next week by the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau for questioning over alleged irregularities in the association, an official said here today.
Investigating officer of SV and ACB said that Mr. Thakur has been told to appear in the Vigilance Bureau office in Dharamshala on October 31. The agency had been sent questionnaire comprising of eight queries from HPCA president.
“It was not a satisfied answer for some of queries pertaining to registration of the sports body and purchase of land by it for constructing the residential complex for players,” IO said.
The agency in August filed a cheating and misappropriation case against the sports body over alleged wrong doings in allotment of land to it for constructing a residential complex for the players near its stadium in Dharamshala district Kangra.
The five star residential complex, Pavilion, has 38 rooms, 32 huts and a high-tech gym which came up on a alleged disputed land, 3 km away from the picturesque stadium. The HPCA website calls it the ‘exotic residential resort’.
The land allotted to the HPCA was the common village land which could not be given for any commercial activity,” said a revenue official, who did not wish to be named.
The land was allotted when the BJP government, headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal, was in power in the state.
Mr. Thakur, who is Dhumal’s son, alleged that the case against HPCA is politically motivated. Mr. Thakur is also a joint secretary in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, Deepak Sanan and R.S. Gupta were charge sheeted by the state government on July 26 for allegedly allowing the change in the land-use for building the HPCA complex.