CBI raids Olympic Association

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SC direction;CBI raids Odisha Olympic Association

 

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Cuttack,(23/06/17): A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the office of Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) here over land grab allegation.

As per the direction of the Supreme Court, an eight-member team of the central investigating agency conducted raids at the sporting body’s office at Barabati Stadium here and residence of former OOA secretary Ashirbad Behera, sources said.

Many important documents were seized during the raids and several officials of the OOA were questioned, sources added.

“I have always welcomed the CBI investigation and I cooperated during the search today. Truth will triumph eventually,” Behera said.

Notably, the Supreme Court had on April 3 ordered a CBI inquiry into the Barabati Stadium land encroachment case.

The division bench of the apex court comprising of Justices Deepak Mishra and PC Pant on the basis of the Accountant General’s report had ordered for CBI probe into the income-expenditure account of Barabati Palace (marriage hall) and allotment of 23 shops adjacent to it.

Worth mentioning, the OOA got 22 acres of government land on lease for the construction of Barabati Stadium in 1949 but had encroached upon two acres adjacent to the vacant government land in the mid 70s.

This encroached land was further sub-leased by them where various business establishments developed earning revenue for the OOA. Barabati Palace and 23 shops were built on the land, said sources.

 

 

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