1. CBI raids ex-Odisha Olympic Association secretary, Ashirbad Behera’s residence, office

CBI raids ex-Odisha Olympic Association secretary, Ashirbad Behera’s residence, office

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the residence and office of Ashirbad Behera, the former secretary of the Odisha Olympic Association (OOA).

By: | Bhubaneswar | Published: June 23, 2017 2:59 PM
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the residence and office of Ashirbad Behera. (Source: Reuters)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday conducted raids at the residence and office of Ashirbad Behera, the former secretary of the Odisha Olympic Association (OOA), in a land grabbing case. An eight-member team raided the office at Barabati Stadium and the residence located in Cuttack city. Many important documents were seized and several officials of the OOA were questioned. On April 3, a Supreme Court division bench ordered the CBI to probe the financial irregularities at Barabati Stadium and land grab allegations based on a report of the Accountant General (AG). The OOA got 22 acres of government land on lease for the construction of Barabati Stadium in 1949 but had encroached upon two acres adjacent to the vacant government land in the mid-70s.

This encroached land was further sub-leased by them where various business establishments developed earning revenue for the OOA. Barabati Palace and 23 shops were built on the land, said sources. In September 2016, a judicial committee headed by the Cuttack district judge submitted its report regarding the discrepancies in the land lease. The apex court had asked Behera to stay away from the secretary post during the investigation in March 2016.

  1. jayanta jayanta
    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    On 23.09.2014 I met CBI Director Mr. Ranjit Sinha in North Block, New Delhi to discuss about CBI callousness in Chit Fund Scam Investigation. During the conversation he told me one sentence and I still remember that sentence: " Mr. Das do you know, which is the weakest and helpless department in India? That is CBI!" While uttering aforementioned sentence he was looking helpless and sad. I felt pity on him but later on I could realise that he was 100 true. These raids are conducted by this Cage Parrot (CBI) to complete the formality as they are directed by Supreme Court. I am giving two number of worst example of CBI work: 1. Mega Chit Fund Scam Case (WP(C) 413 of 2013) in which Supreme Court had directed CBI Enforcement Directorate to investigate in May 2014. 2. Itishree Pradhan Murder Case (WP(C) 957 of 2013) in which Supreme Court had directed CBI to investigate. The result of both the cases is in front of us!
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