Bhubaneswar: A six-member Assembly committee today directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to produce Abhijit Iyer-Mitra before Assembly Committee on October 23, over his alleged derogatory remarks against Odisha, its places of worship and the lawmakers.
The development came after Abhijit failed to appear before the House Committee today.
“Abhijit has sent a mail seeking apology for his comments about the Odisha legislators,” said Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, who is also the chairman of the committee.
Notably, on September 28 the House Committee issued a notice to Abhijit to appear in person before the House committee on October 11. He was urged to remain present at 11 am on October 11 in room number 54 of the Odisha Assembly for deposition.
Abhijit had come to Odisha on September 15. After touring Puri, Konark and Chilika, he allegedly posted derogatory remarks on social media insulting the state, its culture and tradition and the lawmakers.
He was arrested by Odisha police, with help of Delhi police, on September 20 on the charge of outraging religious sentiments of the people. A Delhi court later granted him bail on a bond of Rs 1 lakh and directed him to join the investigation at Konark police station.
Recently, the Supreme Court denied him bail.