HPCA plea to quash FIR: HC defers hearing for 16th July


Himachal Pradesh High Court today deferred hearing in a petition filed by State Cricket Association seeking quashing of FIR and charge sheet in connection with illegal felling of trees on a government land.

The single bench comprising of Mr Justice Sureshwar Thakur, after hearing the arguments at length, has deferred the case for further arguments on  16th July , 2015 . A criminal case was filed in the year 2013 against HPCA President Mr. Anurag Thakur, HPCA offcials Mr. Vishal Marwaha and Mr. Sanjay Sharma, Forest and Revenue officials Mr. Jagdish Ram, Mr. Bidhi Chand, Mr. Kuldeep Kumar and Mr. Jagat Ram alleging that a road leading to Hotel Pavillion was constructed after illegally felling of hundreds of Chile trees on the government land.

It was also alleged that the HPCA has encroached government land by constructing boundary wall and using that land for parking purpose. It was also alleged that there were a large number of Chile trees on the land leased out to the HPCA, but the Divisional Forest Officer had issued NOC on the report of the Range Officer concealing the presence of trees on the land, thus giving undue benefit to the HPCA.

In its petition, the HPCA has alleged the allegations to be malicious and politically motivated. The HPCA submitted that the FIR alleges contractual breach of the terms of the lease, for which adequate civil remedies are available and this is no ground for filing criminal case. The FIR also does not attribute any role of the HPCA President Anurag Thakur in the case.

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