Odisha Govt May Revoke Suspension On Gajbhiye

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is likely to revoke its suspension order on former Kendrapara superintendent of police (SP) Satish Gajbhiye.

According to sources, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary AP Padhi on Friday. It was attended by general administration (GA) special secretary Ashok Meena and home secretary Asit Tripathy.

The panel would submit its recommendations to the Chief Minister, who would take the final call on the fate of Gajbhiye, sources said.

The state government may consider revocation of suspension as the suspension period of the IPS officer expires on August 11.

On the expiry of the suspension period, the state government will have to seek the approval of the Centre for revocation of the order, a home department official said.

Besides, criminal or corruption charges have not been framed against Gajbhiye, he added.

The former Kendrapara SP was suspended for misusing power, alleged violation of human rights and police excesses during a demonstration against self-styled godman Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Raula on August 7 last year.

There were also allegations that he had amassed huge property in the name of his wife in Gopa block of Puri district.