By : Mohan Verma
Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Hamirpur, president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Bharatiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Mr. Anurag Thakur has been charge-sheeted on Tuesday for axing trees at the allotted land meant for constructing players’ residential complex by the cricket body in a court at Dharamshala.
It is worthwhile to mention here that Mr. Thakur has been charge-sheeted in similar another case in allotment of land to HPCA.
Officials said the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau charge sheet named six people, including three Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) office-bearers – president Anurag Thakur, secretary Vishal Marwah and public relations officer Sanjay Sharma.
Three government functionaries whose names figure in the charge sheet are range officer (forest) Mr. Vidhi Chand and revenue officials Mr. Kuldeep Kumar and Mr. Jagdish Ram.
The agency probing the matter filed charge-sheet of alleged crime before the district and sessions judge D.K. Sharma at Dharamshala on Tuesday.
Before coming up of a luxurious five star hotel cum pavilion near the lap of Dhauladhar ranges, a large number of green trees felling have been made by the HPCA, probing agency alleged in charge-sheet.
The HPCA president who is son of former Chief minister and state opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal, was blamed to cut down number of standing trees in the residential plot now owned by HPCA after influencing the state officers.
“The forest official in its no-objection certificate state that the land allotted to the HPCA was barren and no trees existed there, the fact is that even now 2,023 trees are standing at the site and most of them are 30-35 years old,” Mr. Gupta said.
Earlier, father and son duo along with sixteen others accused had also been summoned by a Dharamshala court in another case for alleged offense in allotment of land to the HPCA for the residential complex.