Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association chief and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur on Sunday fired a fresh salvo at the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government.
Irked over his name being dragged into the alleged hawala case, in which the name of the 17th Karmapa was involved, Thakur demanded simultaneous inquiry into the same case and allegations against chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife for taking unsecured loan of Rs. 4 crore from a private individual.
“My name is being unnecessarily dragged into the Karmapa case. Let there be a fair and time-bound investigation into both the cases,” Thakur said, adding that the inquiry should be completed before December 31.
“I am ready for any probe be it Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or judicial inquiry,” he added stating that if the chief minister was transparent in his functioning, he should also order a time-bound investigation into the allegations against him.
He said the case was investigated earlier by several central agencies and enforcement directorate.
Lashing out at Ram Lal Thakur, former Congress minister who had raised the issue recently, Thakur said the Congress leaders should inquire from the Centre about the investigation reports.
Ram Lal had recently alleged that a fabricated case was registered against a Dharamsala-based businessman on the direction of the previous BJP government headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur to grab 51 kanals involved in the case.
Meanwhile, Thakur said Virbhadra Singh should explain their relations with Vakamulla Chandershekhar from whom he took loan and at what terms and conditions they had taken the loan and for what purpose.
“They should also tell whether in lieu of loan, any favour was granted to Vakamulla and when the loan would be repaid,” he added.
Commenting on the chief minister's statement that no Indian Premium League (IPL) match will be allowed at the Dharamsala cricket stadium, Thakur said it was a matter to be decided by common masses and not political leaders that whether there should be a match or not.
“The Congress government in its previous stint in power had tried to do so, but we successfully hosted international matches. We are not afraid of anyone and will host matches as earlier we have done,” said Thakur.
Accusing the Virbhadra government of unleashing vindictive politics, Thakur said he has received a notice from the vigilance to appear before officials on October 24.
“It's a unique birthday gift the government has given me. The day when even the opponent extends their well wishes, I have been ordered to appear before the vigilance officials,” said Thakur, alleging that the date on the notice has been changed deliberately from October 22 to 24 by hand.
Thakur said he has cancelled all his programmes scheduled on October 24 and will appear before the vigilance bureau.
He also refuted the charges against the HPCA of encroaching upon 720-sq m government land and
demolishing a building.
Commenting on the FIR registered against him for illegally buying allotted land from a landless, Thakur said in 90% of the cases of allotted land, the beneficiaries have sold the land.
“We have followed rules and regulations while purchasing the land,” said Thakur. He alleged that the government was not concerned about the development of the state and was busy in registering FIRs against BJP leaders and workers.
BCCI to open regional cricket academy at Dharamsala
HPCA chief Anurag Thakur on Sunday said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned to open five regional cricket academies and the state cricket body has urged the apex governing body to set up academy for north zone in Dharamsala.
“Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have already announced to open their academies in Himachal and we have also requested the BCCI to set up one of the five proposed regional cricket academies at Dharamsala and the proposal is likely to get BCCI nod,” Thakur said, adding that the HPCA had also proposed to hold training camps for the Indian team in the international stadium in the hill town.