Himachal Vigilance Bureau sends notice to Dhumal in HPCA case

Shimla/February 10
Himachal Vigilance Bureau on Monday sent notice to former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal regarding the case of alleged irregularities in the grant of land lease and other sanctions to Himachal Pradesh Cricket association (HPCA).
As per reports, a questionnaire has also been sent Dhumal regarding the decisions to grant land lease and other sanctions to HPCA and the state vigilance bureau has asked Dhumal to give reply within one week. Besides this, the photo-copies of the noting on the files pertaining to the issues on which queries are based, has also been sent to the opposition party leader.
The bureau has sought to know from Dhumal that why he did not rescued himself from chairing the cabinet meetings in which decisions for giving various approvals to HPCA were taken.
Dhumal has been asked these questions as he was himself chief patron of the HPCA with voting right while his son Anurag Thakur was managing the affairs of the HPCA at that time.
The bureau has also put a query as to why he concealed the vital fact from the Cabinet that the land Which was leased to HPCA belonged to Revenue department who had given it to Education department and it was further transferred to department of Youth Services and Sports(YSS).
As per the evidence, the finance department had objected to grant of lease on concessional rates and had observed that the said land should be given on usual terms, hence the bureau had asked Dhumal to explain as to why the government gave the land on the lease of Rs 1/month.
Some queries pertaining use of Club House in HPCA stadium at Dharamshala as a commercial venture in alleged violation of terms of lease, demolition of residences of lecturers without following the due process for demolition of government buildings have also been asked by the bureau which has completed the legal process by sending the questionnaire and sought Dhumal’s comments on various issues.