Jay Panda’s Controversial ‘Copter Flying’: IMFA Team Deposes Before Puri Police

**Puri: ** In pursuance of the notice issued by the Superintendent of Police (SP) yesterday, a five-member team of the IMFA firm deposed today before the investigating officer (IO) here. The IO is probing into the allegedly illegal helicopter-flying by Baijayant Panda and his aides over the restricted eco-sensitive zone of Chilika lagoon on September 15.

After registering a case having accepted the FIR lodged by Chilika Development Authority (CDA) with the Arakhakuda Marine Police Station in the district here on Monday (September 17) night, Puri Police has already seized the helicopter owned by IMFA.

The FIR alleges that the IMFA helicopter, having Baijayant Panda and his two aides, flouted the Aircraft Act as well as flew closely over the eco-sensitive Chilika Lake. Also it hovered around the no-flying zones of Konark Sun Temple and Puri Jagannath Temple for which the case has been booked under Sections 277, 278, 336, 431 of IPC and 11 Aircraft Act, 1934.

Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi in his media reactions had said earlier to media that the helicopter had clearance for flying, but there has been a violation of Aircraft and Wildlife Acts.

He had also informed in the same presser that the IMFA authorities as well as Baijayant Panda would be called for enquiry and everything will be clear after investigation.

Accordinlgy, the Puri Police yesterday (Tuesday) issued notice to Baijayant Panda and his co-passengers as well as IMFA authorities to depose as they have violated the flight permission and guidelines.

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