New Delhi/Cuttack: The Supreme Court today directed general secretary of Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) Asirbad Behera to stay away from the post till next hearing scheduled on April 13.
While hearing the controversial land encroachment case, the apex court also asked the joint secretary of OOA to take charge as general secretary for this period.
Behera, who has been in the office of general secretary for the last 28 years since 1988, welcomed the SC ruling.
“I accepted the ruling of apex court. I will hand over the charge to Rabindra Parida, joint secretary, who will look after the day to day office activities till April 13. Next course of action will be taken after next hearing”, Behera said.
The judicial committee, led by the Cuttack district judge, had submitted a detailed report to the Supreme court in Septemebr last year on the encroachment of government land by the State Olympic body.
In May 2015, the apex court had directed the Orissa High Court to form a three-member panel of judges headed by the district judge with two more additional judges nominated by the then acting Chief Justice of High Court to probe the alleged land encroachment on which the Barabati Palace and 23 shops have been erected.
The court had also directed the Odisha Accountant General (AG) to submit a report on the financial transactions of Barabati Palace and other business establishments built on the encroached land.
Acting on the directive of the apex court, the three-member judicial committee, led by Cuttack district judge Satya Narayan Mishra and additional district judges of Cuttack and Kendrapara BK Mishra and Kirti Chandra Barik as members, conducted fresh measurement of the encroached land near the Barabati Stadium on September 2, 2015.