Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 5:
Odisha’s Puri district administration, on December 29, served an eviction notice on suspended IPS Satish Gajbhiye’s wife Ranjana Gajbhiye and three others asking them to vacate the government property encroached by them at Badakiapala village under Gop tehsil.
“An encroachment case had been booked based on the RI report on that patch of land. As per the report, about 12 acres of government land had been illegally possessed by the accused. We have already attempted to organise hearing dates on three or four odd occasions. The lawyer of the party had applied for the appearance and had appeared for it once. However, they did not submit a response to the show cause notice served on them. Based on this, we recently served an eviction notice on December 29, 2015,” said Gop Tehsildar Sunita Behera briefing the reporters today.
She also briefed that as per the one-month notice served on the accused, the government will take possession of the encroached land if the accused fail to respond to the notice within the stipulated time-frame. A case had been registered against 4-5 persons, who illegally encroached the 12 acres patch of government land, she added.
It may be noted that Odisha’s Board of Revenue, on August 19, had ordered a Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) level inquiry into the alleged land grab by the now-suspended former Kendrapara SP. The Board had directed RDC (Central) Bikash Mohapatra to conduct an inquiry into the alleged land grab by Gajbhiye in his wife’s name.
As per allegations made by locals, Gajbhiye had purchased 7.60 acres of land in the name of his wife in the said area, but had allegedly encroached the adjacent government land and was doing fisheries on the entire stretch of land after digging ponds. Local farmers had even alleged that he had blocked the flow of a river to facilitate his fish farm.