Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Aug 12:
The noose appears to be tightening around former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye on Wednesday with both the High Court Bar Association and the Congress party serving an ultimatum to the Odisha government to take action against him by Friday.
The IPS officer is in the docks for his alleged excesses during the Kendrapara stand-off as well as his alleged dubious land deals in Gop area of Puri.
The High Court Bar Association today threatened to boycott Independence Day celebrations on Saturday if the state government doesn’t take stringent action against the beleaguered IPS officer Satish Gajbhiye by Friday.
“The state government has failed to take any action against Gajbhiye since August 7. We have taken a unanimous decision to boycott the Independence Day celebrations if the state government does not take any action against Satish Gajbhiye by Friday. We will not allow any minister or politician to enter the Millennium City on Saturday,” thundered Odisha High Court Bar Association President Ashok Kumar Mohapatra.
The HC Bar Association took the decision at a meeting of its general council meeting held in Cuttacktoday..
Notably, lawyers across the state have been boycotting courts to press their demand for the immediate suspension and arrest of former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye alleging police excesses during anti-Sarathi protests in Kendrapara on August 7.
The Congress too upped its ante against former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye setting a Friday deadline for his dismissal.
Informing about the decision taken at the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) executive meeting in Bhbaneswar, PCC chief Prasad Harichandan said: “The Congress party will gherao Raj Bhawan on August 17 if errant former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye is not dismissed by August 14.”
Gajbhiye has been facing the wrath of the Opposition in the state and the public at large for the police excesses in Kendrapara under his command.
Under pressure from all quarters, the state government transferred Gajbhiye to the police headquarters at Cuttack and posted him as an officer without duty.
A fact-finding team of the Congress led by Harichandan had visited Kendrapara after the incident.
The BJP has already held a state-wide demonstration on Monday demanding action against the officer who rubbed his detractors the wrong way with a posting of Facebook defending his action before removing it – obviously under pressure from higher-ups.
But with virtually the entire state up in arms against Gajbhiye, it would be hard for the government not to take action against the beleaguered officer,