The Hush Post: In what appears to be a quid pro quo, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Tuesday gave indications that cases registered by the previous Congress government as political vendetta, which includes the cases registered against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), would be withdrawn. “The process to withdraw those cases will begin soon,” the chief minister told mediapersons. The CM also said the government had submitted a list of corruption allegations against the previous Virbhadra Singh-led government to Governor Acharya Devvrat. Denying it to be a case of political vendatta, Thakur said all the allegations would be probed.
Meanwhile, all elected MLAs took oath on the first day of the winter session in Dharamsala today.
The HPCA had been charged with illegal encroachment upon the land belonging to the state Education Department . Another case is in connection with a case of illegally felling large number of pine trees for the construction of high-end resort for cricket players, ‘The Pavilion’ near Dharamsala. A piece of land measuring 49,118.25 square metres was leased to the HPCA by the government for constructing the stadium. Besides Thakur, top-level officers were also booked in the case. Four FIRs were registered against the HPCA and its president Anurag Thakur, a three-time BJP MP, who is presently out on bail.