New Delhi: The Odisha High Court on Wednesday granted bail to journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra, who has been accused of making derogatory remarks on the Sun Temple in Konark.
On December 4, the Odisha government had accepted journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra’s appeal, said media reports on Tuesday. The government had also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against him by following laid-down procedures.
Mitra had been arrested for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Sun Temple, Odisha’s culture and even state legislators. He was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after complaining of illness.
He was lodged in the high-security Jharpada jail here and was admitted to the Capital Hospital late on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment in the surgery department and his condition is stable, had said Director of Capital Hospital Chandrika Prasad Das.
During a visit to the Sun Temple at Konark in September, the journalist had posted a video on his Twitter handle, allegedly criticising Odisha, its people, Lord Jagannath, Konark temple and Odisha lawmakers.
On November 17, the Odisha Assembly 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 Mitra’s statement.
The committee, which was set up on September 20 following concerns expressed by MLAs cutting across party lines, had had six sittings. It met Mitra and sought his affidavit on the matter. He had allegedly dubbed the members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly as “buddhu” (stupid).