Two months after Odisha cadre IPS officer Satish Gajbhiye was suspended for alleged excesses against protesters in Kendrapara, the state government Tuesday formally charged him with gross misconduct and extra-judicial action.
However, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, which probed the allegations against Gajbhiye, has given the 2002-batch Dalit officer a clean chit.
Gajbhiye was suspended in August following criticism of his alleged excesses against those protesting against “goldman” Sarathi baba in Kendrapara.
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The state home department has said the agitators were made to kneel and perform sit-ups in the presence of Gajbhiye, who was Kendrapara SP at the time.
“These overt acts… invited uncalled-for criticism… Gajbhiye was very much present at the spot and failed to restrain the police personnel at his command from indulging in such unwarranted activities.”
National Commission for Scheduled Castes has said Gajbhiye had faced injustice. The commission’s state coordinator Haladhar Sethy said state government had suspended Gajbhiye without any strong reason.
“…It was because of Gajbhiye that the Crime Branch was able to nab Sarathi baba,” he said. He has written to the state government opposing any action against the officer.