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OOA land grabbing at Barabati stadium: CBI lodges case against Ashirbad Behera

The case was registered hours after an eight-member CBI team conducted raids on Behera’s house in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 13:11 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Searches were also carried out by the agency at Barabati stadium in Cuttack and residences of those named in the FIR by CBI.
Searches were also carried out by the agency at Barabati stadium in Cuttack and residences of those named in the FIR by CBI.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

The CBI on Saturday registered a case of cheating and conspiracy against former secretary of Odisha Olympic Association (OOA), Ashirbad Behera in connection with a case of land-grabbing around Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium.

A CBI release said a case has been registered under sections 120(b) and 420 against Behera, Incon Associates and other officials of OOA.

The case was registered hours after an eight-member CBI team conducted raids on Behera’s house in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Searches were also carried out by the agency at Barabati stadium in Cuttack and residences of those named in the FIR by CBI.

In April this year, the Supreme Court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the land-grabbing of Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium by Behera on the basis of the accountant general’s report which recommended CBI inquiry into the income-expenditure account of Barabati Palace (marriage hall) and allotment of 23 shops adjacent to it.

Behera, who is currently the general secretary of Odisha Olympic Association (the apex sports body for football, hockey, table tennis, basketball), has been accused of encroaching premium government land for furthering his own interests.

The OOA was granted 20 acres of government land on lease for construction of Barabati Stadium in 1949, but some 20 years, later Behera allegedly encroached upon two acres of adjacent vacant government land and sub-leased the encroached land for developing various business establishments, including a marriage hall and several business establishments.