Shimla, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

In a major setback to the state cricket body, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today dismissed its petition seeking to quash a first information report (FIR) against BJP MP Anurag Thakur under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The state vigilance department and anti-corruption bureau in August last year filed a cheating and misappropriation case against the HPCA over alleged wrongdoing in allotment of land to the sports body for constructing a residential complex for players near its stadium in Dharamsala, 250 km from here.

Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir reserved the order April 7 after hearing the arguments of both parties, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and the state.

The former pleaded that the FIR was vague, malicious and a result of political vendetta. The counsel for the petitioner had urged the court to direct the state that it would not file any chargesheet before the trial court.

Advocate General, Shravan Dogra assured the court that the investigating agency would not act in this regard till any decision was taken by this court.

The counsel for the petitioners contended that the FIR did not disclose any offence committed by them and all actions were taken in the normal course of action being performed by the HPCA and its functionaries.

However, the state defended the action of the investigation agency by saying the investigation was complete and the agency was ready to file the chargesheet.

Mr Dhumal, however, denied any wrongdoings. The Congress - then in the opposition - had objected to the land allotment.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)