Asirbad to stay away from OOA post till July 13: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today upheld its earlier ruling that had barred the general secretary of Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) Asirbad Behera from holding office till the next hearing scheduled on July 13.

“It’s a continuation of the same order given by the Supreme Court in March. I will adhere to apex court’s order,” said Asirbad Behera.

The Supreme Court on March 9 had directed Asirbad Behera to stay away from the post of OOA general secretary, while hearing the controversial land encroachment case. The apex court had also asked the joint secretary of OOA to take charge as general secretary for this period.

Behera has held the office of general secretary for the last 28 years since 1988.

The judicial committee, led by the Cuttack district judge, had submitted a detailed report to the Supreme court in September 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.