Odisha Govt Pardons Iyer MitraOdisha Govt Pardons Abhijit Iyer Mitra for His Konark Comment, Withdraws Cases Against Him for His Konark Comment, Withdraws Cases Against Him

New Delhi: The Odisha government on Tuesday decided to withdraw cases against Delhi-based defence analyst Abhijit Iyer Mitra for his alleged derogatory remarks about the Sun temple in Konark.

The move came after Mitra, who is currently in jail, had made an appeal to the Odisha government to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases.
The Odisha Assembly had on November 16 pardoned Mitra after he tendered an unconditional and unreserved apology for his statement against the lawmakers.

The Assembly accepted the recommendations made by a House Committee which was set up to inquire into the question of alleged breach of privilege relating to the statement made by Mitra.

Abhijit might not have thought that the ‘joke’ about his visit to the Sun temple in Konark would turn into a crime. This while he was hobnobbing with former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baijayant Panda, a bete noire of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Abhijit was arrested, taken on remand in police custody for interrogation and later jailed for making derogatory remarks on the temple and his old remarks about members of the Odisha Assembly which were construed as breach of privilege.

Two FIRs were lodged against him. Grapevine has that Abhijit has fallen a prey to politics of vendetta to target Baijayant Panda. He was lodged in the special jail at Bhubaneswar after the court rejected his bail plea and was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

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