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Defying govt diktats HPCA finally passes resolution

Naresh K Thakur , Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, September 23, 2013
First Published: 22:52 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 22:53 IST(23/9/2013)

Already in the thick of the controversy, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) on Monday passed a resolution condemning the state government's action against the cricket body in its annual general meeting (AGM) here.

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The HPCA held its meeting defying dictates of the registrar of cooperative societies restraining the HPCA from passing any order or resolution or perform any other act concerning the affairs of HPCA without approval of the ADC, Kangra.

HPCA chief and MP Anurag Thakur, however, justified the decision to hold the meeting claiming that the high court of Himachal Pradesh in its judgment over a petition filed by him had directed the registrar of societies to fix its jurisdiction and hence HPCA was not bound to inform the authorities. 

The registrar of Cooperative Societies, RD Nazeem, had slapped a show-cause notice on MP, Anurag Thakur headed HPCA early this month, accusing it of serious violations, particularly in changing its status from a 'cricket promotion society' to a company.

HPCA was subjected to function and work under the superintendence, direction and control of the authority of ADC, Kangra.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference after the meeting, Thakur said the AGM has passed a resolution condemning the state government's action against the HPCA.

"The state government is trying to malign the image of the state cricket body by making baseless statements," Thakur said.

Taking a dig at chief minister Virbhadra Singh he alleged that he was raising a sub-judice issue time and again by giving baseless statements which "amounts to contempt of court".

Replying to a query whether the HPCA would file a reply to the show cause notice served by the registrar of cooperative societies, Thakur said let the registrar fix his jurisdiction first.

"We have challenged the notice in the high court on the basis that HPCA was converted into a company on October 1, 2012, and the registrar of societies could not exercise any jurisdiction over it," Thakur said claiming that the court had directed the registrar to fix his jurisdiction and all other issues raised in the notice were not taken up during the hearing. 

"Appropriate action will be taken on the notice served to the cricket body after the registrar fixes his jurisdiction," Thakur said.

Maintaining that nothing wrong was done by the HPCA, Thakur said that the conversion of HPCA from a society into a company was done with due permission from the authorities concerned.

"We had informed the registrar about converting HPCA into a company 10 months ago," Thakur claimed. He said the government was indulging in political vendetta and was targeting HPCA unnecessarily.

Anurag takes out his frustration on media

Days after courting a controversy by acrid remarks on lawyers' community, the HPCA chief and MP Anurag Thakur took out his frustration on the media by accusing mediamen of being bias.

Thakur alleged that the media was only showing one side of the coin, while reporting the HPCA related matters.

"Write whatever you like. It's your will, but the media should verify facts before writing," Thakur said in utter frustration.

He said it was quite unfortunate that the media at state headquarters and a place like Dharamsala- a town which has come on the international map due to cricket, was writing so much on a baseless issue raged against HPCA by the state government and its officials.

He also hit out at the government officials of planting new reports in the media.

HPCA to felicitate achievers

Anurag Thakur informed that the HPCA in its AGM decided to felicitate the players, who have brought a name to the state by their achievements in cricket.

"These players will be honoured for their achievements at a mega function to be held soon," Thakur said. HPCA's AGM also passed its annual audit report.


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