HP Sports Act 2005 may be enacted again: CM

Updated: Oct 04, 2013, 22:16 PM IST

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh government is mulling re-enactment of HP Sports (Registration, Recognition and Regulations of Associations) Act 2005, which had been repealed by the previous BJP government, to regulate the sports bodies, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said on Friday.

The Act was challenged by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association in the court, pleading that it (HPCA) did not come under the purview of the Act.

The case was pending in the court when the BJP government repealed the Act after coming to power.

Virbhadra rubbished the charge of HPCA President Anurag Thakur that the government`s act was political vendetta against him.

"There is no political vendetta at all and FIRs have been registered after initial probe by Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau and all these charges were included in the charge-sheet submitted by the Congress (while in opposition) to President of India in August 2012," he said.

"The functioning of the sports bodies should be totally transparent and elections to these bodies should be held in a proper manner and some representatives of government should also be included in these bodies and elections cannot be personal affair," he said.

The Chief Minister said that "a lot of problems, plaguing the cricket body (HPCA), could have been avoided had the Sports Act been in place and the alleged irregularities committed by the HPCA would not have been allowed to happen".

"It is intriguing that a society was registered in the name of Himachal Players Cricket Association (HPCA) in Kanpur which sound similar to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and then it was converted into a new company with same name," the Chief Minister said.

"I am neither against Anurag Thakur nor against HPCA and there is no question of any political vendetta but at the same time the government cannot allow any sports body to commit such a `fraud ` on citizens," he said.

"Whatever decisions are taken by any sports body should be taken in daylight and not in a clandestine and hush hush manner and no person should make sports bodies as their personal fiefdom and act on his whims -- may it be issue of registration at Kanpur or converting itself into a company after obtaining huge benefits from the state government," he added.

"Under the proposed legislation, the government would seek to ensure that sports bodies in the state function as per rules and regulations, elections are held regularly, proper scrutiny of accounts and all transactions is done. Besides cricket, other games are also encouraged," the Chief Minister stressed.