Home > News >

Rajeev Shukla shies away from answering questions on HPCA row

Rajeev Shukla shied away from answering questions on Anurag Thakur © PTI (File Photo)
Rajeev Shukla shied away from answering questions on Anurag Thakur © PTI (File Photo)

Shimla, April 13, 2014

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice president Rajeev Shukla on Sunday refused to speak on the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) land row with the state Congress government, saying it was a state issue.

Shukla, who is understood to have a good equation with Bharatiya Janata Party Lok Sabha member and HPCA chief Anurag Thakur on cricket affairs, said he would not speak on the issue as the matter was subjudice.

“It won’t be appropriate for me to comment on the issue,” he told reporters in Shimla.

On Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh making the HPCA irregularities a major issue in the Lok Sabha polls, he said: “It’s up to the state leaders to decide on election issues. For me, the matter is subjudice.”

Asked about mixing of sports and politics, Shukla, the party in-charge for the hill state, said there was no harm in getting associated with sports if a politician was devoted to a particular sport.

“Many politicians in the past have contributed a lot to cricket,” he said.

He, however, refused to comment, when asked about Thakur’s contribution to cricket in the state as HPCA president.

“Why do you want me to comment on personal lines? I won’t do that,” he added.

The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau filed a cheating and misappropriation case in August 2013 against the HPCA.

The state government this month got sanction to initiate proceedings against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for alleged wrongdoings in allotment of land during his regime to the cricket body led by his son Thakur, the joint secretary in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who is re-contesting the Lok Sabha election from Hamirpur in the state.

The BJP, however, has denied any wrongdoing in the allotment of land for the players’ residential complex near HPCA’s picturesque stadium in Dharamsala, some 250 km from the state capital.

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

10 little-known facts about Sir Frank Worrell

Statistical analysis of Jacques Kallis’s ODI career

England England vs India England vs India 2014 Ian Bell India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa Sri Lanka

James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja not found guilty by Judical Commissioner

James Anderson pleads guilty of pushing Ravindra Jadeja; says no malice intended

Ravindra Jadeja playing ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in India’s tour of England a disaster, says Erapalli Prassana

Nasser Hussain praises Alastair Cook after victory in 3rd Test against India at Southampton

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swollen ankle worries MS Dhoni ahead of 4th Test at Old Trafford

An open letter to Pankaj Singh

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

Faisal Iqbal: Political interference harmed my international career

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

Justin Bieber to change house again!

Delhi shoppers more e-commerce savvy: Survey

Google most attractive employer among Asia-Pacific graduates

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

James Anderson pleads guilty of pushing Ravindra Jadeja; says no malice intended

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Matrix actor Hugo Weaving to team up with Ship of Theseus director Anand Gandhi

Ravindra Jadeja playing ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in India’s tour of England a disaster, says Erapalli Prassana

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here