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HPCA chief likely to skip VB investigations today

Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, October 30, 2013
First Published: 19:31 IST(30/10/2013) | Last Updated: 19:33 IST(30/10/2013)

Not complying with the notice to personally appear before the vigilance bureau on October 31, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association chief and BJP MP Anurag Thakur is likely to skip the investigations.

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The vigilance bureau had summoned Thakur and two more HPCA officials, including honorary secretary Vishal Marwah and treasurer Attar Singh Negi, to join investigation in a case of cheating registered against the state cricket body.

HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma said, “Anurag has a busy schedule on the day and will be unable to join the investigations.”

“Marwah is not keeping well, so most probably he will also be skipping the investigation. I have no information about the third official, Negi, whether he will appear or not,” said Sharma.

Vigilance officials said they had not received any information, verbal or written about Thakur's inability to attend the investigation.

There had been a faceoff between the HPCA chief and the vigilance bureau over summon dates last week.
The vigilance bureau first sent a notice to Thakur and his two associates to personally join the investigations on October 24.

The date on the notice was changed from October 22 to 24 as Karva Chauth coincided with the date mentioned first.

However, Thakur raked a controversy alleging that the date was deliberately changed and he has been summoned to join the investigation on his birthday.

Later, the vigilance bureau again sent a notice to Thakur informing him that the date of investigation has been postponed to October 31.

However, Thakur was adamant to appear on earlier fixed date and a high voltage political drama took place in Dharamsala on October 24 when his supporters staged a protest at the vigilance office.

The vigilance officials told Thakur that they were unable to hold investigation and he would have to appear on October 31 on which the HPCA chief said he would be unable to do so due to busy schedule.
The vigilance officials then told Thakur to give an application if he wanted a change in the date of investigation.

“Till now, we have no intimation about his inability to join the investigation,” said SP, vigilance, north zone, Bimla Gupta.


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