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HPCA saga: High Court gives government 10 days to reply to writ petition

Anurag Thakur is the President of the HPCA © IANS
Anurag Thakur is the President of the HPCA © IANS

Shimla: Aug 20, 2014

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday granted 10 days’ time to the government to file its reply to the amended writ petition of the state cricket body in a case related to cancellation of its lease. A division bench of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan granted time to the government to file its reply to the writ petition of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), and also gave 10 days’ time to the HPCA to file a rejoinder.

The court adjourned the case till Sep 17. The HPCA prayed that no criminal proceedings be initiated against it and the government be prohibited from taking action against it under the Societies Registration Act. The HPCA had challenged the Oct 26, 2013 decision of the government to cancel the lease granted in favour of the HPCA and take over its stadia, including the picturesque international stadium in Dharamsala.

The order to cancel the lease was later withdrawn by the government. The High Court had earlier dismissed an application to implead Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and other government functionaries as respondents in individual capacities.

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