High Court to hear HPCA petition on November 5


Himachal Pradesh High Court today fixed November 5 as next date to hear the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association writ petition, challenging decision of the state government to take over picturesque stadium in Dharamshala and its five-star player’s Pavillion hotel after cancellation of lease to cricket body. However, the court is yet to issue any notice.

The decision of the division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh came after state’s counsels sought time on the matter. The government has already moved a caveat.

The petitioner on Wednesday challenged the decision of the state on the ground that it had not been given proper opportunity of being heard before taking the decision.

The government on October 26 cancelled the lease of lands given to HPCA, then a society and now a company, and took possession of the international cricket stadium and its residential complex in Dharamshala and lands at Bilaspur, Nurpur, Kotkhai and Shimla.

The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered two cases against BJP MP Anurag Thakur and investigations are on.

HPCA which is registered under companies act sought relief from the Registrar of Cooperative Society (RCS) as it upheld its objections that it no more fall under RCS state jurisdiction.

BJP leaders were slamming the state government actions alleging that HPCA brought Himachal Pradesh into international cricket map as state congress ruled this hill state for most of the time but could not do enough and indulged in filing of case against HPCA functionaries.

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