<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Himachal Pradesh chief minister trying to take over HPCA: Anurag Thakur" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130913161517.jpg" title="Himachal Pradesh chief minister trying to take over HPCA: Anurag Thakur" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Anurag Thakur said the Congress government had tried to take control of the cricket body in its previous regime in 2003 also © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Dharamsala: Oct 24, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Himachal Pradesh <a href="/tags/BJP/post" target="_blank">Bhartiya Janata Party</a> (BJP) MP and state cricket association chief <a href="/tags/Anurag-Thakur/post" target="_blank">Anurag Thakur</a> on Thursday dared Chief Minister <a href="/tags/Virbhadra-Singh/post" target="_blank">Virbhadra Singh</a> to do whatever he could to stop the cricket body from holding matches in its international cricket stadium.<br /> <br /> "The present government is trying to take over the cricket body (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association [HPCA]). It's my open challenge to Virbhadra Singh to do whatever he can. We won't let your dreams be fulfilled," he said while addressing party activists, who gathered here on his birthday.<br /> <br /> The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in August filed a cheating and misappropriation case against the HPCA over alleged wrong-doings in allotment of land to the sports body for constructing a residential complex for the players near its stadium here, some 250 km from the state capital.<br /> <br /> The disputed land, three km from the picturesque stadium, has been used by the HPCA to build a five-star residential complex called The Pavilion, which has 38 rooms, 32 huts and a high-tech gym.<br /> <br /> The HPCA chief said the <a href="/tags/Congress/post" target="_blank">Congress </a>government had tried to take control of the cricket body in its previous regime in 2003 also.<br /> <br /> "The last time they had brought a sports bill to take over the HPCA and now they are trying it through vigilance enquiries."<br /> <br /> The BJP MP, who has been told to appear in the Vigilance Bureau office here Oct 31, said he has replied to everything that has been asked of him.<br /> <br /> An investigating officer told IANS that Thakur was earlier sent a questionnaire, comprising eight inquiries.<br /> <br /> "We got the reply from him but we are not satisfied. So we summoned him," he said.<br /> <br /> "The land allotted to the HPCA was the common village land which could not be given for any commercial activity," said a revenue official, who did not wish to be named.<br /> <br /> The land was allotted when the BJP government, headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal, was in power in the state.<br /> <br /> Thakur, who is Dhumal's son, alleged that the case against HPCA is politically motivated. Thakur is also a joint secretary in the <a href="http://admin.cricketcountry.com/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">Board of Control for Cricket in India</a> (BCCI).<br /> <br /> Two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers — Deepak Sanan and RS Gupta — were charge sheeted by the state government July 26 for allegedly allowing the change in the land-use for building the HPCA complex.