SC quashes FIRs against Anurag Thakur,former HP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday quashed an FIR against BJP MP Anurag Thakur, former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and others in a case related to alleged irregularities in granting land on lease for construction of the Dharamshala cricket stadium.
Dhumal, Thakur and the HPCA had challenged the Himachal Pradesh High Court order of April 25, 2014, by which it had refused to quash the FIR and stay the criminal trial pending before special judge, Dharamshala, in a case registered for cheating and criminal conspiracy, and under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri, Ashok Bhushan and Ajay Rastogi said, “we allow the appeal. FIR registered is quashed”.
Anurag Thakur contended that the case was actually a civil dispute
Anurag Thakur is a BJP MP from Hamirpur and was then the HPCA president, had contended in the apex court that the case was actually a civil dispute but then Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government had made it a criminal case for political reasons
The FIR in the case was registered by the Dharamsala office of the Vigilance Bureau on August 1, 2013, months after the Congress government assumed power in December 2012.