Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 19:
The Board of Revenue, Odisha on Tuesday ordered a Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) level inquiry into the alleged land grab by suspended former Kendrapara SP Satish Gajbhiye.
The Board has directed RDC (Central) Bikash Mohapatra to conduct an inquiry into the alleged land grab by Gajbhiye in his wife’s name in Gop tehsil in Puri district.
Gajbhiye, who was interrogated by the Vigilance about the allegations of land grab against him on Monday, today visited the DGP office on Tuesday too. However, the reason for his visit was not known.
Gajbhiye was the Vigilance headquarters at Cuttack on Monday with a stack of papers shortly after 5 pm and was closeted with sleuths of the agency till about 7 pm before sneaking out surreptitiously.
He was questioned by an IG level officer of the agency about the land he has acquired in Badakiapal mouza in Gop block, the source of his the money for the purchase and whether necessary formalities had been complied with while buying the land, at least some of which is said to belong to scheduled caste people, vigilance sources said.
The said land has been purchased in the name of Gajbhiye’s wife Ranjana.
Gajbhiye, it may be noted, had purchased 7.60 acres of land in the name of his wife, but has allegedly encroached on nearly 70 acres of adjacent government land and is doing fisheries on the entire stretch of land after digging ponds. Local farmers have alleged that he has even blocked the flow of a river to facilitate his fish farm.
A joint team of the state vigilance and revenue officials had recently visited Gop for an on-the-spot inquiry after allegations about Gajbhiye’s illegal acquisition of land surfaced in the wake of the charges of police excesses in Kendrapara under his charge as SP.
Notably, Gajbhiye was also questioned by the CBI in connection with the chit fund scam a few months ago.