Former minister and 20-point programme chairman Ram Lal Thakur on Tuesday asked chief minister Virbhadra Singh to take back the land leased to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) for cricket stadiums across the state.
"The land was leased out to HPCA as society and if it is now a company then the government should take back the land," Ram Lal said, while addressing mediapersons in Shimla.
Ram Lal, who is also state Congress general secretary said government had leased out land measuring 8.10 acre at Ghanyara in Kangra district, 10.65 acre at Nadaun of Hamirpur district, 3.97 acre at Gumma in Shimla district and 3.28.06 hectare, 9265.21 square meters near Lalpani school in Shimla and 49, 11, 825 square meters in Dharmshala to HPCA.
"In Himachal, HPCA is the only sports association who has got land on lease," he said. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders failed to clarify their stands; therefore they were issuing false and baseless statements, he said.
"Prem Kumar Dhumal and other BJP leaders are quiet over the issue and are trying to divert public attention by issuing baseless statements," he said.
Ram Lal said that former BJP government had illegally favored Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).
Land of Government Senior Secondary School, Lalpani, in Shimla has been given to HPCA by violating laws, he said. "This land was first transferred to the sports department from public works department (PWD) and then registered on the name of HPCA," he said.
He said the land was given to HPCA on Rs 1 per month lease, while Rs 7 crore per year should be deposited to the government against this land, as per the law made by Dhumal government itself, he said.
Further, he said the registry of the land, where HPCA had constructed a high-end hotel, was done on June 23, 2012, while purchase amount of Rs 27, 03, 214 was deposited on December 11, 2012, nearly after six months of registration, Ram Lal said.
Raising the issue of balancesheets, he said HPCA had submitted a balancesheet under the Company Act and simultaneously under Societies Act. "Both cannot go side by side. Either the association or the company is fraud," Ram Lal added.