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Derogatory remarks: Abhijit to appear before Saheed Nagar cops

23/10/2018 at 2:02 PM

Bhubaneswar: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra will appear before the Saheed Nagar police station today in connection with a FIR lodged at the police station for making derogatory remarks about the Konark Sun Temple.

Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty said that Iyer-Mitra would appear before the Saheed Nagar police after he emerges out of the Odisha Assembly House Committee.

Notably, two FIRs have been lodged against Iyer-Mitra at the Konark police station in Puri and Saheed Nagar police station here for his alleged derogatory remarks about Odisha, its places of worships and people.

He was arrested by police in Delhi in September. However, a Delhi court later granted him bail.

Iyer-Mitra appeared before the six-member Assembly committee today over his alleged derogatory remarks against Odisha, its places of worship and the lawmakers.

The six-member committee headed by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra on October 11 directed Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Dr RP Sharma to produce Iyer-Mitra before it on October 23 over his alleged derogatory remarks against Odisha, Konark Sun Temple and its places of worship and the lawmakers, despite he apologised for his ‘unpardonable offence’.

He failed to appear before the House Committee despite being summoned by the House panel.  However, he had tendered apology for his remarks through e-mail.

On September 28 the House Committee issued a notice to Abhijit to appear in person before it 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.

He 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. Recently, the Supreme Court denied him bail.

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