Revocation of Gajbhiye suspension unlikely

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is unlikely to revoke the suspension order of Odisha cadre IPS officer and former Kendrapara superintendent of police (SP) Satish Gajbhiye against whom violation of human rights and police excess charges were levelled.

A high-level meeting in this regard under the chairmanship of chief secretary GC Pati was convened at the secretariat which was attended by secretaries of Home and General Administration departments.

Highly placed sources said the State government might not reverse the suspension order since draft charges have been framed against the police officer.

Last month the Centre confirmed the suspension of Gajbhiye as per All India Services Rules after which draft charges have been framed against him.

Official sources said the 2002-batch IPS officer, who has been served the draft charges through the Director General of Police (DGP), will have to respond within 30 days.

The former Kendrapara SP has been asked to reply within 30 days as to why action should not be taken against him for alleged violation of human rights during the brutal lathicharge on protestors by police led by him, which has been captured on camera by media. The protestors were demanding arrest of self-styled godman Sarathi Baba alias Santosh Raula in Kendrapara town.

Gajbhiye was placed under suspension on August 13, six days after the brutal police action against the locals in Kendrapara on August 7.