Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur on Wednesday hit back at the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government. Angry at the registration of cases against the HPCA, Thakur demanded time-bound investigation into allegations against chief minister Virbhadra Singh and the association.
"If the chief minister is transparent in his functioning, he should order a time-bound investigation into allegations against him and the HPCA. Questions have been raised about the increase in his income tax returns and mentions made in ISPAT dairies. Let everyone know who owns excess land," he said.
The Hamirpur MP accused the Congress government of unleashing politics of vendetta in the state and raised question about the performance of the government in the past seven months. "Haste shown by the vigilance department to register the FIR when a court had already ordered to inquire into the land lease case is reflection of the vindictiveness of the Congress government," Thakur said. "The government is speeding up the vigilance investigation as if the HPCA or me are fleeing the state."
He said the government had started propaganda to defame the HPCA. "It does not behoove a government to do petty things," the MP said.
He threatened that he would expose the wrongdoings of the Congress government. "If the government is targeting sport bodies this way, we will deploy our men to expose corrupt practices in the government. Whether ministers or officials, all be will exposed in the coming days," the HPCA president said.
He minced no words while saying that the HPCA was being targeted because of rivalry among bureaucracy. "The HPCA has become the target because of rivalry in the bureaucracy. The two officers who have been targeted over the land lease case have good service record," he said.
Thakur clarified on the allegations that have been levelled against the association. "The HPCA has promoted cricket and brought the stadium in Dharamsala on the international map," he said. Thakur said the HPCA had transferred its assets to a company from a society under the provisions of the law. He made it clear that the HPCA had converted into non-profit company under Section 25 of company's act. "The association had sought permission from the registrar of the cooperative societies and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)."
The MP said the HPCA was not the only sport organisation under Section 25. "The Punjab and Haryana cricket associations are have been registered under Section 25," he said, adding that the HPCA would cooperate with the investigating agency.