The Himachal Pradesh high court on Thursday granted three weeks to the state government to file reply to the amendment and impleadment application of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association and its chief Anurag Thakur.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and justice Kuldip Singh adjourned the matter till December 19.
The HPCA had approached the high court for amendment of its earlier writ petition and sought to implead chief minister Virbhadra Singh as respondent to the writ petition.
The petitioners have also sought to add Kangra SP Balbir Singh Thakur and Kangra DC C Palrasu as respondents.
The HPCA has now alleged that the entire state machinery is under the influence of Virbhadra Singh (newly added respondent No 11), therefore, they are not expecting objectivity from the respondents (Kangra DC and SP), whose actions are illegal, perverse, arbitrary and mala-fide.
The petitioners have alleged that the cabinet meeting of October 25 took over the HPCA infrastructure at the behest of the respondent No. 11, who is publicly making statements to take over the entire functioning of the HPCA and its assets as well as forming a parallel organisation to run the cricket system in the state.
It is alleged that to take over the HPCA, Virbhadra Singh has been instrumental in getting false and malicious criminal prosecution launched against the petitioners. It is alleged that the respondent No.11 ensured through the district administration that the petitioners were forcibly ousted from cricket stadiums and lands.
The HPCA further alleged in the amended petition that the respondent No. 11 made it amply clear that he was bent upon targeting the petitioners for oblique political and extraneous considerations.
Advocate general Sharvan Dogra contended that the writ has become infractous as the government has withdrawn its earlier letters of cancellation of lease deeds.