Arun Dhumal is a kid: Virbhadra Singh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday accused Arun Dhumal, son of former chief minister PK Dhumal, of hacking his documents and said he is a "kid" and does not want to reply to his allegations.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015, 22:01 PM IST

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday accused Arun Dhumal, son of former chief minister PK Dhumal, of hacking his documents and said he is a "kid" and does not want to reply to his allegations.

"I can take action against him for hacking my documents but he is a kid and I don't want to reply to his allegations," he said.

The Chief Minister's reaction comes a day after Arun Dhumal had alleged that Singh and his family had rented out their ancestral house "Holley Lodge" to a firm working in Miyar Hydro electric project and had not disclosed the income in their affidavits filed before the Election Commission.

Referring to the HPCA issue, the chief minister said, "I am not against cricket or HPCA and has no enmity with Dhumal but gross irregularities committed by HPCA can not be ignored.

The HPCA was registered as a Society under the Societies act and all the lands were leased to the Society but later it was converted to a company which was not a lawful act, Singh said.

He said the matter had been probed and challan filed in the court and it is wrong to say that HPCA is innocent and the government was unnecessarily targeting it, he added.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha member Suresh Bharadwaj today dubbed the allegations of Congress spokesman Jairam Ramesh?against Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur, president of HPCA, as not only false and baseless but a result of frustration gripping the congress party.

Ramesh has exhibited signs of exasperation and wanted to recreate a scam which did not exist, he said.

The then BJP government had adhered to the rules and leased out the land to HPCA which reciprocated the gesture of the government by building a beautiful cricket stadium of international standards, he claimed.

The witch-hunting by the government has diverted its attention from the duty of development and public welfare to the politics of repression, suppression and victimisation of political opponents, he alleged.

Ramesh had accused Dhumal and Thakur of denting state exchequer Rs 100 crore by leasing out 16-acre of land to HPCA at an annual rate of Rs 12, a charge which was denied by the association and Thakur.