Derogatory remarks row: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra submits affidavit before House panel

Bhubaneswar: Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra today deposed before the House Committee of the Odisha Assembly for the third time and submitted an affidavit over his alleged remarks against legislators.

Iyer-Mitra submitted the affidavit in presence of the House Committee Chairman Narasingha Mishra and member Sanjay Das Burma at the Odisha Assembly building.

Later, the panel’s Chairman said that the House Committee will review the affidavit and if need arises, Iyer-Mitra will be asked to re-appear.

As per the earlier directive of the Odisha Assembly, Iyer-Mitra’s affidavit will be submitted on the first day of commencement of the ensuing session of the House.

On October 23, Iyer-Mitra had tendered an unconditional apology for his derogatory remarks on the Konark Sun Temple and comments on MLAs.

Odisha Assembly speaker Pradip Amat, on September 20, had then constituted a House Committee to probe the journalist’s alleged derogatory remarks against the State and its lawmakers.

Currently, Iyer-Mitra is lodged at the Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar in connection with the case.

Responding to the development in the case, former MP Baijayant Jay Panda took to Twitter to say that “we must also show magnanimity & accept apologies”.