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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 12:47 AM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 12:47 AM (IST)

SC quashes FIR against Anurag

New Delhi, December 6

The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the second FIR against BJP MP Anurag Thakur and the HPCA in a case related to alleged encroachment of 720 square yard government land for the construction of the indoor stadium, besides Dharamsala cricket stadium.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri, Ashok Bhushan and SA Abdul Nazeer said, “We are quashing the FIR” saying that there was no criminality involved in the transfer of land on lease.

The FIR was lodged on October 3, 2013 against Thakur, HPCA, two IAS officers, officials of education department and others for offences under Prevention of Corruption Act and destruction of public property.

The police had claimed that Thakur, who was then president of the HPCA, and others in connivance with state government officers had demolished the two-storey building belonging to education department and the land measuring 720 square yards was illegally taken over by the HPCA.

During the hearing, senior advocate PS Patwalia, appearing for Thakur and others, said that no illegality was involved in the case and everything was done in accordance with law.

He said that the case against Thakur and others was nothing but a political vendetta by the then state government and even the Central government has refused to accord prosecution sanction against the accused officials saying everything was done by them as part of their official work.

Advocate DK Thakur, appearing for former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who was made party in the case by the HPCA, said that the BJP MP and others had tried to mislead the court by submitting wrong facts that 720 square yard was part of the original lease given for the land for cricket stadium.

He said that government land was illegally given to the HPCA without following the due procedure of law and in connivance with the government officials. To this, the bench asked the Singh’s advocate Thakur to explain as where was the criminality involved in the case.

He replied that there was criminal intent involved as the building which was demolished was not in dilapidated state and people were residing there. — PTI

HPCA case a political vendetta: Dhumal

  • “Virbhadra Singh had implicated us in false cases when he was in power because of political vendetta”, said PK Dhumal, former Chief Minister in Hamirpur 

  • The Cong tried to control the Dharamsala cricket stadium 

  • The stadium was built to promote sports

  • Many players were trained and selected to represent the state and the country after construction of the stadium 

  • The BJP govt had allowed the construction in the interest of the state as it was meant to give exposure to the youth

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