In a major relief to Hamirpur MP and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) chief Anurag Thakur, the Dharamsala district and sessions court has recalled the non- bailable arrest warrant issued by the chief judicial magistrate’s court against Thakur and Narender Attri, former state chief of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM).
The CJM court had issued non-bailable warrants against Thakur and Attri on August 1, following their non-appearance in the court in connection with a case pertaining to obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.
“The district and sessions judge DK Singh passed the orders on August 16, whereby he stayed the operations of the orders passed on by CJM Jaswant Singh on August 1 and recalled the arrest warrant issued against Thakur and Attri,” said Thakur’s counsel Abhimannyu Chopra. The orders were passed on a revision petition filed by Thakur and Attri, challenging the order passed by the lower court.
The district and sessions court has also asked the lower court to submit all the records pertaining to the case with it. The court has posted the matter for next hearing on September 10.
The CJM court had issued arrest warrants against Thakur and Attri as the duo had failed to appear before the court.
Though Thakur and Attri had filed separate applications for exemption from personal appearance, the court had rejected their pleas for want of some documents. Thakur had sought exemption from personal appearance on the ground that he is unable to appear before the court as monsoon session of Parliament was in progress at that time while Attri had cited some medical reasons.
However, the CJM court had observed that no documentary proof was annexed with the applications to substantiate the reasons cited and the accused had not signed the applications. The court had directed the Dharamsala police to produce the accused before the court during the next hearing fixed for August 20.
Chopra said that as the district and sessions court has only stayed the operation of the warrant order, the lower court will continue hearing the case till further orders by the district court on the revision petition.
Thakur and Attri had filed the revision petition on the ground that the lower court’s order was “against the law”.
The case pertains to an incident that occurred on October 24, 2013, when Anurag Thakur had visited the vigilance bureau office at Dharamsala to join investigations in a case of cheating registered against HPCA. Anurag's supporters, who accompanied him, had staged a protest at the bureau office premises.
In fact, when the vigilance bureau had summoned Anurag to appear before the investigating officer on October 24, which happens to be his birthday, a controversy erupted over the issue. The vigilance bureau had then postponed the date to October 31.
Anurag had alleged that the bureau was harassing him and deliberately called him on his birthday. Even as the date was postponed, Thakur arrived at the office of SP vigilance bureau at Dharamsala along with his supporters. While most of them staged a dharna outside the vigilance office, some of them entered the SP’s cabin, following which a case under section 186 of IPC was registered against Thakur and six others, including including Attri, former minister and BJP spokesperson Praveen Sharma, Kutlehar MLA Varinder Kanwar, HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma and former Kangra-Chamba BJP media in-charge Vishwa Chakshu Puri.