Assembly House Committee pardons Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Bhubaneswar: The House Committee of Odisha Assembly today tabled its report before the House in connection with the derogatory remarks made by Delhi-based journo Abhijit Iyer-Mitra against the Odisha legislators. Much to the respite of Mitra, the Committee has considered his apology and passed a motion in the Assembly to ‘excuse him and drop the matter’.

“The Committee recommends that the House with the gesture of magnanimity may consider accepting the apology begged by Abhijit-Iyer Mitra for his statement before the media against the State legislators and drop the matter,” mentioned the report of the committee.

As per sources, the panel was directed to submit its report before the house on the first day of Winter session of the Assembly.

“The committee has submitted its report to the House. The Committee further recommended to direct the State government to provide materials and books to Mitra to educate him on the art, culture, history and the people of Odisha,” said the panel chairman, Narasingha Mishra.

The committee held six sittings in all to enquire into the matter and formulated its report and finalised the same in a meeting held on Thursday.

As per the summons, Mitra had appeared before the panel in person on October 23 and in his deposition he apologised for his derogatory statements against the MLAs. He again deposed before the panel on November 3 and submitted an affidavit seeking an unconditional and unreserved apology for his remarks on the Konark Sun Temple and his statements against the State and its lawmakers.

It may be mentioned here that the Commissionerate Police had arrested Mitra in connection with a case filed against him at Saheed Nagar Police Station in Bhubaneswar. Cases have been registered against the journalist under sections 294, 295A, 153A, 500, 506 of IPC and section 67 of the Information Technology Act over his derogatory remarks against Odisha and Konark Sun Temple.

Currently, Mitra is lodged at the Jharpara jail in Bhubaneswar in connection with the case.