Days after the state government cancelled the lease of land given to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), the Registrar of Societies accepted the sports body's plea that it was a Registered Company and does not come under the purview of the Societies Act.
"A high court division bench had directed the Registrar to decide the issue of jurisdiction and asked the HPCA president to appear before the Registrar on September 30," the Registrar said in his four-page order.
However, the order made it clear that the "Registrar of Societies would have all jurisdiction in respect of all issues or subject matter relating to a society registered under the Societies Act or deemed to have been registered under the Act.
"The jurisdiction of the Registrar is fully controlled by provision of the Act and the rules made thereunder, right from the stage amendment or change in by-laws, dissolution/ amalgamation/divisions of a society as authorised under the provisions of the Act," the order said.
He, however, clarified that the Registrar would have full powers and jurisdiction to look into the functioning of HPCA as a society till such time the "juristic" created under the Act did not cease to exist.
The Registrar denied any malafide in writing a letter to BCCI on September 25 and said that it was only aimed at bringing the facts about the HPCA to its notice.
The Registrar of Societies had issued a show cause notice to HPCA on September 7, which was challenged by the HPCA in the court maintaining that it was Company registered under Societies Act and the Registrar had no jurisdiction over it.
The high court directed the petitioner HPCA to appear before the Registrar on September 30 for deciding the issue of jurisdiction.