Naveen urged to inquire into Gajapati property transactions

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Parlakhemundi: The daughter of former MP Gopinath Gajapati and scion of the Gajapati Dynasty of Parlakhemundi, Kalyani Devi has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to inquire into the property transactions relating to the royal family of the past 35 years.

Kalyani recently wrote a letter to Patnaik mentioning that if anyone found guilty shoud be punished as per law. “If any money is recovered from it, that can be used for charitable work with consultation of royal family,” she said.

She wrote the letter after the district administration shifted Gopinath Gajapati to a private hospital in Chennai.

The condition of the former MP is improving.

A copy of the letter was given to the press yesterday.

It was also alleged that Gajapati was kept under house arrest by the palace managers who did not allow anyone to meet him. Finally, the district administration rescued him from the palace, police said.

“I came to know that our royal property has been suspiciously handled by the royal palace managers and some other servants. Taking advantage of our absence, managers sold property illegally or without giving full information to the royal family,” the letter said.

She also expressed concern over the present condition of Parlakhemundi Jagannath temple and requested the district authorities to set up a committee for the reconstruction of the same.

“I thank the honorable Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik and citizens of Parlakhemundi for their kind help and respect towards the royal family. All prayers are bringing improvements in the health condition of the Maharaj,” Kalyani said.

A copy of the letter was also sent to Gajapati District Collector.

“On the basis of this letter, the state government can order an inquiry into the property transactions of the royal family,” opined advocate Swaroop Palo.

Parlakhemundi MLA K Surya Rao welcomed Kalyani’s move said the letter was in line with thier demand for an inquiry into the property mismanagement and misappropriation of the palace.

The District Unit of Biju Janta Dal has also expressed its solidarity with the daughter of former MP Gajapati.

“We also want a thorough inquiry into the property transactions of Gajapati Palace and if anyone found guilty should be punished as per law,” district BJD chief Pradeep Nayak said.

“A case has been registered on the basis of a complaint by the Maharaja Suraksha Committee and the Sub Inspector of Paralakhemundi police station has been asked to probe into the case. The investigation is underway. Police has started recording the statement of the witnesses after which police will record the statement of the Maharaja. Action would be taken against those found guilty”, Utkal Ranjan Das, SDPO, Paralakhemundi told media persons here today.

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