Shimla: State vigilance and anti-corruption bureau at Dharamshala today booked Anurag Thakur and his brother Arun Thakur, sons of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, for allegedly having forged documents to purchase a piece of land.
Bimal Gupta, superintendent police (vigilance) said, “Anurag and Arun had purchased 32 marlas of land at Kalapul on the Dharamshala-Mcleodganj highway by forging of documents. It was an allotted land and could not be sold or bought for 20 years.”
Vigilance have slapped cases under Sections 420, 188 and 120 B of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 13 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act against Anurag and his younger brother Arun.
Anurag happens to be the president of Bharitya Yuva Janta Morcha (BYJM) and also heads the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA). He is also a member of the Lok Sabha from Hamirpur.
Besides the forgery case, vigilance also registered another case related to HPCA. The case is related to encroachment of 720 square feet of land, near the Dharamshala cricket stadium that belongs to the sports department.
Functioning of HPCA is already being contested before the courts, with Anurag Thakur as president insisting that the society by a unanimous resolution stands converted into a not for profit company.
However, the state government through Registrar societies have served notice on HPCA seeking an explanation as to how it usurped the society and converted it into a company without the state governments consent.
HPCA approached the courts for quashing of the Registrars notice but the High Court asked the sports body to appear before the authority and let it decide about the jurisdiction evoked.
The Registrar Societies has also restrained HPCA from exercising control over the Dharamshala cricket stadium or The Pavillion, a hotel constructed as part of the sporting infrastructure for the stadium.
In defiance of the governments directives, the HPCA met and nominated Anurag Thakur to be the representative of the state cricket body at a general meeting of Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI).
At the BCCI meeting held in Mumbai, recently, Anurag Thakur was re-elected as joint-secretary of the all powerful board.
Representatives of HPCA, later on attending the Registrar Societies court, stated that they were a not for profit company, and the jurisdiction of the societies registrar did not apply on the entity.