Bhubaneswar, Dec 5
A day after the Odisha government pardoned journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy Wednesday lauded Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) for their generosity.
In a Twitter post, the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Swamy said: “The withdrawal of cases against Abhijit and that too after the CJI had rebuked his advocate that Abhijit is safe in jail, is due to large heart of CM Patnaik and the Odisha Assembly sagacity. Abhijit should learn that four letter foul word is not culture.”
On Tuesday, the Odisha government had announced its decision to grant pardon to Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who is lodged in jail for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the state, its people and culture.
The decision was made following Mitra’s prayer to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him.
“He (Mitra) has appealed to the chief minister to accept his apology and contrition in having wounded the sentiments of people of Odisha without intention,” a home department official had said.
Meanwhile, The Orissa High Court today granted bail to defence analyst Abhijit Iyer Mitra, who was arrested for making derogatory remarks on Odisha and its culture.
The bail paves the way for the release of Iyer Mitra, who has been lodged in Jharpara jail for over 40 days.
While granting bail to Iyer Mitra in two cases registered against him in Bhubaneswar and Puri respectively, the court said that the trial court can lay down the terms and conditions of the bail, according to sources.
The court granted the bail a day after the Odisha government decided to drop cases against him. The government accepted Iyer Mitra’s appeal and decided not to accord sanction of his prosecution.
Mitra had further mentioned in his representation to the State Govt that in consideration of his unconditional apology in having hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha “unintentionally without malice and mal-intent”, the Odisha Assembly pardoned him on November 17.
“Taking into account his representation, the government decided not to accord sanction of prosecution in cases where prosecution has been sought and also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against him by following laid-down procedures,” the official said.