New Delhi: Journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra deposed before House Committee of Odisha assembly and submitted an affidavit in connection with alleged derogatory remarks made by him against state legislators Saturday. Also Read - 19 Lakh Jobs, Free Coronavirus Vaccine: BJP Releases Manifesto For Bihar Assembly Election 2020
Chairman of House Committee, Narasingha Mishra confirmed the same and said “In pursuance to the direction of the House Committee Abhijit Iyer Mitra submitted his affidavit today. Committee will take an affidavit, his statement and the charge against him into consideration and submit its report to the House. Also Read - Former Maharashtra Minister Eknath Khadse Quits BJP, to Join NCP on Friday
For the unversed, Mitra Saturday, 15 September, uploaded a video on the social media in which he was criticising the 13th-century temple. “I am in the famous Konark Temple premises. This is not a temple but a humple where people are humping. See these sculptures… Women with women, men with animals. Can this be a holy place? Not at all. This is a conspiracy against Hindus by Muslims who want to keep us down. Jai Sriram. In our new Ram temple, such obscene sculptures will not be there,” he can be heard saying. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation
He was granted bail on a surety of Rs 1 lakh. Mitra, who was detained under Section 295A, had been asked to join the investigation in Odisha by September 28. Meanwhile, his lawyer had said that he had been taken to Nizamuddin Police Station. “He has been told that a case has been registered against him in Odisha. He hasn’t been told what the case is or who has registered it. He hasn’t been given a copy of the FIR so we can’t say what the offences are, who the complainant is or under what sections case has been registered,” the lawyer said.
His outburst drew flak from leaders across the political spectrum. Legislators of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Opposition Congress had demanded action against Mitra for his derogatory remarks. BJD MLA Sanjay Dasburma had reportedly said, “It is an insult to the state and its existence. Action should be taken against the man.”
A case had also been registered at the Konark police station in Puri district on September 19 under various sections of IPC, Information Technology Act and Ancient Monument & Archaeological sites & Remains Act, it said.
On another complaint at Saheed Nagar police station here, dated September 20, 2018, a case was registered under various sections of IPC and IT Act.
“The malicious and objectionable comments by Mitra have outraged feelings of people of different religions (Sec 295-A IPC). The remarks have also promoted enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and are prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (Sec 153-A IPC),” the statement said.