Governor should be sacked:HPCA

Apr 11, 2014 11:22 | Poltics

HP Governor should be sacked-for miss using constitutional powers--- HPCA demanded from President of India

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma )


The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has written a letter to Sh Pranab Mukerjee,President of India demanding the immediate removal of Himachal Prdesh Governor, Urmila Singh for her  biased decision to grant sanction to prosecute former Chief Minister P K Dhumal in a case related to HPCA ( land deal of Dharamsala Stadium), HPCA  is being headed by Dhumal’s son ,aBJP MP from Hamirpur in Himachal.
Sanjay Sharma,Director/Spokes Person HPCA said, “She (Governor ) has acted contrary to the law laid down by the Supreme Court  in (2013) 3 sec 1 ,case title State of Gujrat &others VS Justice R A Mehta (retired) & others  title MP special Police Establishment VS  state and (2004) 8 sec 788.” The governor while granting such sanction, could exercise his/her own directions or act contrary to the advice rendered by counsil of ministers,which was not called in this case.

Sanjay said, “the governor without going through the complete facts and circumstance of the case or advertising to the past precedents of Hon’ble Supreme Court  or whether  the provision of the prevention of corruption act 1988 are attracted or not has the instance of Virbhada Singh  CM Himachal  and the congress party which has appointed her to this Gubernatorial post granted the prosecution sanction as if she was eagerly waiting for the file to come to her ,for the sole purpose .” "The Governor's action is biased and is a misuse of her constitutional powers. She seems to be in a hurry to please the Congress-led state government by signing the vigilance bureau's file (seeking sanction for prosecution) within 24 hours,"  Sanjay Sharma told reporters here

HPCA claim that the act of HP governor assumes much importance during on going Lok Sabha elections, to boost the electoral prospects of the congress candidates, by defaming BJP candidates.

Sanjay said that the HPCA has sent a letter to the President of India to remove HP governor as she proved herself to be a congress agent belying the importance of her constitutional post . “There for the HP Governor should be sacked,” added Sanjay.

Dhumal has been allegedly accused of misusing his office as Chief Minister to grant approvals for allotment of lands to HPCA headed by his son and BJP MP Anurag Thakur.

Reacting to the Kangra police move to register a case against the HPCA for allegedly encroaching upon government land, Sanjay Sharma, spokesperson of the organisation, said that the HPCA was allotted 49,118 sq metre land for the cricket stadium on lease. However, the HPCA had constructed the stadium on 46,000 sq metre land. This meant the HPCA had left 3,018 sq metre land. So there was no case of encroachment on government land, he alleged.

The HPCA was paying about Rs 24 lakh to the state government for 88 kanals given on lease to the body for the hotel. Instead of accusing the HPCA of encroaching upon government land, the government should reduce the lease money of the HPCA as it had not taken into possession the entire land allotted to it, Sanjay said.

 Meanwhile The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has sought permission from the Home Department to prosecute Anurag Thakur, MP and HPCA president, along with an IAS officer Kamlesh Panth, Controller of Examination (COE) of HP University, a retired College Principal and two engineers for allegedly allowing the dismantling of residential quarters of the education department to pave the way for the HP Cricket Association stadium at Dharamshala. "Since Anurag committed the offence in his capacity as HPCA president and not as MP, we are contemplating whether or not to seek sanction from the Speaker," a senior vigilance bureau official said.


A FIR was filed in a case relating to demolition of education department building in Dharamshala and including the land into the cricket stadium. Kangra police has already lodged an FIR against HPCA for criminal trespass after finding out that the cricketing body had encroached around 2,400 square metres of government land.

Vigilance bureau was also conducting an inquiry against HPCA for encroaching upon 720 square metres of education department land besides demolishing the education department building illegally. This case was registered in October 2013 under sections 447 and 120B.

Pant, an IAS officer of 1993 batch of Himachal Pradesh cadre, was the deputy commissioner of Kangra district in 2008 when a meeting was convened in his office to decide the issue of declaring education department building adjoining cricket stadium as unsafe and to further demolish it.