A leading news agency has claimed that the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau has found the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s initially registered address in Kanpur as bogus. During a recent investigation, state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau found that the mentioned Kanpur address fictitious and non-existent.

HPCA, which is run by Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, was initially registered with the Registrars of Companies, in Kanpur in July 14, 2005. It was later shifted to a Chandigarh address in 2011. It’s learned that now the vigilance bureau will also investigate the Chandigarh address.

Investigations against the HPCA were initiated after Congress came to power in the state last year in December.

Earlier this month, a cheating and misappropriation case was registered against the HPCA over alleged wrong-doings in allotment of land and changing its status by bypassing law to the HPCA by the then BJP Govt headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal. Even two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers – Deepak Sanan and R.S. Gupta – were charge-sheeted by the investigating authority for allegedly allowing the change in the land-use for building the HPCA complex.

HPCA president, who is also a joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur had accused Congress led state government for witch-hunting and alleged that all cases and investigation against him and state cricket body were politically motivated.

Thakur had justified the move to change the HPCA`s entity from a society to a non-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act of 1956 to save it from the control of the state government and it was done with the permission of the BCCI, Thakur added. He also claimed that most other cricket associations had also done the same.

HPCA officials called the report rubbish and claimed it was come out to just malign HPCA’s image. He added that it was a part of political vendetta of State Government. HPCA official said that matter is sub-judice and he has full faith in the judiciary and the law of the land. He said that the truth will come out soon and people of the state will know the truth.

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