The Himachal Pradesh high court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association till May 14. In its petition, the HPCA had sought that chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Kangra deputy commissioner and superintendent of police and Registrar Co-operative Society be impleaded as respondents in their personal capacities.
On Monday, the matter was listed before a division bench comprising acting chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan.
The HPCA completed its arguments, while the state government was addressing the arguments when the case was adjourned.
The petitioner alleged that action was initiated against the HPCA on the directions of Vibhadra, so he was a necessary party in this case. “The action suffers from malafide and biased attitude of the present chief minister,” counsel for the HPCA claimed.
However, the state government contended that the HPCA had failed to place on record any cogent material to prove malafide against the people sought to be added as respondents.
The state added that the government has withdrawn its October 26, 2013 decision to cancel the lease in favour of the HPCA and take control of property on November 18. On the account of these developments, most of the points listed in the writ petition have become “infructuous”, it claimed.
The state also said the Registrar Co-operative Society was proceeding under the Cooperative Societies Act. In its earlier order, the court had restrained the Registrar from passing any final orders on the matter without the leave of the court.
The state government submitted before the court that after receiving a reply from the members of the HPCA’s governing body, nothing more was required to be done as proceedings were complete and the matter was needed to be finally determined to take it to its “logical conclusion”.