The Himachal Pradesh High Court decline to quash the show-cause notice served on the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and its president Anurag Thakur. While disposing of the petition filed by the HPCA, challenging the show-cause notice served on it by the Registrar of the Co-Operative Society, the court directed the HPCA and Anurag Thakur to appear before the Registrar on September 30 at 11:30 am to submit their preliminary objections.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh observed that it’s only a show-cause notice and the petitioners can raise the issue of jurisdiction before the Registrar of Societies as a preliminary issue and if such objection is raised and the Registrar shall answer the same one way or the other after giving fair opportunity to the petitioners and till such issue is decided.

The court passed this order on a petition filed by the HPCA and Anurag Thakur for quashing a notice dated September 7, 2013, issued to it by the Registrar of Societies. The Registrar of Societies had asked the HPCA to show cause as to why it should not be removed under section 41 (1) of the HP. Societies Registration Act 2006 for its alleged acts of omission and commission. The Registrar had also restrained the governing body of the HPCA from passing any order or resolution or make any expenditure or investment or banking transaction or perform any other act concerning the affairs of the HPCA without its approval.

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