Updating Status of inquiry against Sri Gajbhiye Satish Kumar Ishwardas, IPS (U/S), exposed through RTI
· Though four months have passed, Enquiry against Satish Gajbhiye by State vigilance is not yet completed.
· Though four months have passed, enquiry by Board of Revenue and Revenue Divisional commissioner has not been completed.
· In the name of enquiry, the State Administration is buying time and trying hard to protect Satish Gajbhiye
All of you are aware that Sri When the people of Kendrapara district were demonstrating against controversial Godman Baba Sarathi, Sri Satish Gajbhiye, then SP, Kendrapara in the name of controlling law and order resorted to lathi charge, mercilessly beating up the common people, journalist and ruthless colonial behaviour to the lawyers in August 2015. When the Electronics media telecast the news about it, there was huge protest and demonstration by the political parties, Civil Society Groups, Lawyers’ Association demanding arrest of Satish Gajbhiye.
During that time, the Civil Society Groups exposed fraud and forgery of Sri Gajbhiye in respect of acquiring huge land in Gop block of Puri district. The Fact-finding team who visited Gop Block to collect ground zero information on 11th and 13th of August’15 found that Sri Gajbhiye had purchased huge landed property in name of his wife Ranjana Gajbhiye in Gop block of Puri district. Acres of land has been purchased from the families of Dalit Caste and General Caste of Barimunda and Baulanga villages under Gop Block of Puri. More than 35 acres of agriculture land had been purchased by him in name of his wife. The people alleged that they had not seen Ranjan Gajbhiye while selling and signing sale deed at the office of Sub-Registrar, Gop. Two Dalals who are linked with Chit Fund Operators Sri Kailash Pradhan of Chadheigan village of Nagpur Panchayat and Sri Dillip Nayak of Chhanijang had executed all the works including giving money against the cost of the land on behalf of Ranjan Gajbhiye.
The Team also noticed that he had also illegally acquired and encroached more than 40 acres of Gochar and Anabadi land and river bed of Kadua river and engaged dalals for construction of number of big ponds for fishery which is going on since 2013. The rough estimate for investment into magnitude of work undertaken for digging pond in around 100 acres of land will be more than 30 to 40 crores.
Astonishingly, Sri Gajbhiye had not disclosed the information about this property in his Property Statement submitted to Govt. of India . On 12.8.15, the Civil Society Groups filed complaint to CBI, Bhubaneswar Office to enquire into land scam of Satish Gajbhiye.
Then, after huge public demonstration demanding arrest of Satish Gajbhiye across the state, the State Government was forced to suspend Sri Gajbhiye. The Directorate of State Vigilance started an enquiry into it. The Member, Board of Revenue also instructed to RDC to equire into allegation of land scam by Satish Gajbhiye on 19.8.15 and 21.9.15.
On 14.10.15, RTI Application was submitted to the Directorate of Vigilance, Cuttack seeking information about status of inquiry against Satish Gajbhiye . On 24.11.15, the PIO has intimated that “ the Inquiry is in progress against Sri Gajbhiye, IPS who is under Suspension. In respect of Other RTI query about name of Inquiry Officer entrusted to conduct enquiry, the PIO has declined to give their names citing section 8 (1) (g)(h) of the RTI Act.
Similarly, on 14.10.15, RTI Application was submitted to the PIO, Office of Board of Revenue, Govt. of Odisha seeking information about status of enquiry against Satish Gajbhiye. On 17.11.15, the PIO has supplied copy of two letters dated 19.8.15 and 21.9.15 in which BOR has issued direction referring news clipping to RDC, Central Division to enquire into the allegations against Satish Gajbhiye and sought Action Taken Report at the earliest. Interestingly, though four months have passed, RDC has not submitted the enquiry report.