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VB questions Anurag in HPCA cases

Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times  Dharamsala, June 01, 2014
First Published: 13:39 IST(1/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:42 IST(1/6/2014)

The state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau on Saturday questioned Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, who is president of the Himahal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), for around 55 minutes in connection with two cases related to the affairs of the sports body.

Thakur, son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, arrived at Dharamsala early in the morning and straightway went to the vigilance bureau office.

However, the timing of his arrival was kept secret. Thakur, who was supposed to appear before the vigilance bureau around 11 am, actually arrived at its office at 8.35 am and left at 9.30 pm.

Vigilance officials questioned Thakur in the cases registered against HPCA in connection with the demolition of a government building during the construction of the International Cricket Stadium at Dharamsala.

The second case pertains to alleged felling of trees for construction of HPCA’s five-star residential complex ‘The pavilion’.

“Anurag was questioned in two cases registered against the cricket body. The investigation officer posed 20 questions to the HPCA chief during his 55-minute questioning,” said a vigilance official.

“The questions were related to the alleged demolition of a government residential building razed during the construction of HPCA stadium and alleged felling of trees for the construction of hotel--The Pavilion”, said the vigilance official while refusing to divulge further details.

Thakur also refused to comment on the matter after his questioning. The vigilance bureau had summoned Anurag Thakur to join the investigations on June 2.

He, however, had expressed inability to join the investigation on the fixed date as he is to attend the first session of the 16th Lok Sabha, starting June 4. He had requested the bureau to advance the date.

Earlier, the VB had questioned Thakur twice on November 12, 2013 and January 16, 2013. The investigation agency had slapped a case of cheating against him in August last year for changing the status of cricket association to a society and then to a company.

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