Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today granted bail to Delhi-based columnist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra in connection with cases registered against him at Konark and Saheed Nagar police stations in the State.
On Tuesday, the Odisha government decided to grant pardon to Mitra, who is lodged in jail for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the State, its people and culture following Mitra’s prayer to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him.
He was arrested on October 23 after he posted a video on his Twitter handle, allegedly criticising Odisha, Lord Jagannath, Konark temple and the Odisha lawmakers.
Two cases were registered against Mitra at Saheed Nagar Police Station in Bhubaneswar and Konark Police Station in Puri district.
On November 17, the Odisha Assembly had pardoned Mitra after he tendered an unconditional and unreserved apology for his statement against the lawmakers.