Probe into HPCA cases ignores other issues of Congress chargesheet: Bali

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SHIMLA
  • Updated: May 29, 2014 21:59 IST

Transport minister GS Bali has said that the ongoing probe into various irregularities by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has eclipsed the other serious charges levelled in the chargesheet prepared by the Congress against the previous Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) government.

"I have made the chargesheet with adequate proofs and submittedit to president Pranab Mukherjee," said Bali while talking to reports here on Thursday.

He said the entire chargesheet was treated as a policy document and sent to the investigation agency, state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, but investigations were centred on the HPCA issue only. "Rest of the important issues have been ignored which is not a good thing," he said.

Bali asked chief minister Vibhadra singh to initiate enquiry in all cases. "If chief minister has prioritised some cases other than the HPCA issue, inquiry and action should be initiated," he said.

He said that there were several issues other than HPCA that should be investigated. There were issues of proxy land deals, violations by Bemloe builders in constructing a high-end residential colony, Bantony Castle deal and several other issues. "As chairman of the committee that framed the chargesheet against BJP, I had mentioned several issues, but by only investigating into HPCA cases, the other issues were facing neglect," said Bali.

The vigilance bureau is investigating into HPCA and also filed FIRs against HPCA president Anurag Thakur, son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.

The Congress had raised the issue of proxy land deals during the assembly elections. The Congress had constituted a chargesheet committee under the chairmanship of Bali in 2011.

The other members of the chargesheet committee were Harshvardhan Chauhan, Kuldeep Pathania and Mukesh Agnihotri.

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