Amid controversy over the affairs of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), the Himachal Pradesh government is mulling to frame new rules to regulate sports bodies.
"We may revive and enact a new act to regulate the sports bodies so that the mess could be cleared up," chief minister Virbhadra Singh told the Hindustan Times.
Denying that his government pursued political vendetta against the HPCA, he said, "Our government had brought the sports bill so that sports bodies doesn't violates rules. The intention of the government behind the sports bill was that bodies function in a proper manner and elections are held regularly. But unfortunately, the act was repealed by the Dhumal government." He added that the government had no intention to take over the HPCA.
"Nobody is interested in taking over the property of HPCA," he said, while referring to the HPCA's change of status from a sports society to a company.
"Cricket is a game of gentlemen, not of crooks. No government can allow any sports body to act in the manner HPCA is working," he said.
Singh clarified that the investigating team found that the cricket association had given fake addresses while registering the HPCA as company at Kanpur. Prior to registering a company, the association was registered in the name of the Himalayan Players Association. "HPCA transformed from society to company in clandestine manner," he added.
Notwithstanding concessions and benefits it availed from the government, whether be land for construction of residential complex for players or a stadium, he said, "Land was allotted for building a residential complex for players, but later it was converted into a high-end hotel." He added that the government could not overlook the irregularities committed in transforming the cricket body into a company.
Singh said the change of cricket association from society to a company was reflective of the bad intentions of the government. "Persons who hold major share in the company will control it.
Everyone knows that who is controlling the HPCA," said Singh without naming anyone.
'Politicians should stay away from sports bodies'
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said personally he was against political leaders heading the sports associations. "I personally feel that sports bodies should be left to players and professionals," he said. "Political leaders should stay away from sports bodies," he said, citing example of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who headed the Bihar Cricket Association.
BCCI allowed HPCA to transform
The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) in reply to the registrar, societies, has clarified that it granted permission to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association to transform itself from society to company. Registrar, societies, RD Nazeem had recently shot off a letter to the BCCI president informing him about the irregularities in the HPCA.