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Himachal cricket body row: Court to hear case Nov 5

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Shimla, Oct 31 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh High Court Thursday fixed Nov 5 to hear the state cricket association's petition challenging the government decision to cancel the land lease of its picturesque stadium in Dharamsala and its players' five-star residential complex.

However, the court is yet to issue any notice.

The decision of the division bench of Chief Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Kuldip Singh came after the state's counsels sought time on the matter.

The government has already moved a caveat.

The Himachal Pradesh Cricekt Association (HPCA) Wednesday challenged the state government decision on the ground that it was given proper opportunity to be heard before the decision was taken.

The government Oct 26 cancelled the lease of lands given to the HPCA, then a society and now a company, and took possession of the international cricket stadium and its residential complex in Dharamsala and lands a,llo9tted to it at Bilaspur, Nurpur, Kotkhai and Shimla towns.

The state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered two cases against the HPCA, administered by BJP MP Anurag Thakur who is the son of former BJP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, and now investigations are on. 

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