It seems the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has its work cut out. The Question and References Committee of the Vidhan Sabha has asked the state government to immediately take control of the Mohali cricket stadium and revoke the agreement between the government and PCA regarding the transfer of the 13.56 acre land that houses the stadium.
Talking to HT over phone, the Punjab sports minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, also the Deputy CM, said the government would consider the recommendation carefully. Chief Secretary Ramesh Inder Singh, when contacted, said: "We will discuss the issue at the highest level before reaching a final decision."
The PCA and the Punjab Sports Council had been at loggerheads over the stadium land. A question pertaining to it was raised in the state assembly a few moths ago, but the speaker had deferred it. The question was later referred to the Punjab Sports and Youth Services that gave a detailed reply to the Question and References Committee of the Assembly. The committee, after examining the reply and scrutinising
various documents and records, said that the lease deed was effected without a
sanction from any competent authority.
Chairman of the committee Chaudhary Mohan Lal Singh, when contacted, said the government must adhere to the recommendation of the committee. "The issues raised on the floor of the house must be taken seriously and require immediate compliance."
The government needs to reply within six months about the action it takes in this regard.
However, the state chief secretary was more cautious in his reply. He said the government will consult legal experts before taking any action.