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Dhumal, Anurag among 11 granted bail in HPCA scam

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A court here on Monday granted bail to former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, his MP son Anurag Thakur and nine others in a case of alleged cheating, conspiracy and encroachment on government land by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

Dhumal, who was named in the charge sheet faces charges of “misuse of the office of chief minister” in granting approvals to the HPCA for land acquisition to build cricket stadium for the cricket body, led by his own son Anurag.

Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Urmila Singh, had granted prosecution sanction against Dhumal on April 2.

Additional District and Sessions Judge of Dharamsala, Davinder Kumar, today granted bail to BJP leader Dhumal and ten others on furnishing of bail bond of?Rs 25,000 each.

The HP state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau had filed a charge sheet in the case on April 25 after a year-long probe.

Dhumal, Anurag Thakur– chief of the Himachal cricket body– and his younger brother Arun Dhumal were among 11 booked under Sections 420, 406, 218, 120(B) and 201 of the IPC and Section 13(B) of the Prevention of Corruption Act .

“The court of Additional District and Sessions judge Davinder Kumar granted bail to 11 of the 16 accused under section 439 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) after furnishing bail bond and surety bond of Rs 25,000 each,” special public prosecutor Satish Thakur said.

He said that the court has also granted exemption to Hamirpur MP, Anurag Thakur, from appearing in the court.

Thakur had sought exemption from personal appearance citing a meeting of parliamentary standing committee on information technology headed by him.

The court has fixed December 19 as the next date of hearing.

The vigilance bureau accused HPCA of acquiring land fraudulently by deception and illegal means, obtaining documents — NOCs (no objection certificates) and other certificates — fraudulently with a criminal intention, and conversion of HPCA, which was registered as a society, into company with ulterior motives to cause wrongful loss to the state.

“Arun Dhumal, Vishal Marwah and Surender Thakur remained absent as summons could not be served upon them,” told the public prosecutor.

Arun is younger son of Dhumal while Vishal Marwah and Surender Thakur are HPCA’s honorary secretary and vice- president respectively.

The court also issued summon against senior Himachal Administrative Service (HAS) officer Gopal Sharma against whom prosecution sanction has been granted.

Two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers Deepak Sanan (then principal secretary, revenue) and Ajay Sharma (then director of sports and youth services) were not summoned as prosecution sanction against them is still awaited.

Credits: PTI

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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