Blogger Abhijit Iyer-Mitra appears before Odisha Assembly House committee

first_imgDelhi-based journalist and blogger Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who courted controversy over his alleged objectionable remarks about the Sun Temple and legislators of Odisha, appeared before the State Assembly House Committee in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. He will appear before the Committee again on November 2.Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s statement was recorded by the Committee which is headed by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra. Five other legislators – Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, Debiprasad Mishra, Pramila Mallick, Arun Kumar Sahoo and Sanjay Kumar Das Burma – who are members of the Committee were also present.Mr. Mishra after the hearing told presspersons that Mr. Iyer-Mitra will appear before the Committee for the second time as the proceedings have remained inconclusive.Mr. Iyer-Mitra will file an affidavit on November 23 after which the Committee will decide the next course of action before filing a report with recommendation to the House, said Mr. Mishra. Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s counsel Nikhil Mehra told The Hindu that the blogger appeared before the House Committee voluntarily in response to the summons issued by the Committee and was asked to file a detailed affidavit after the recording of initial statement.The House Committee had summoned Mr. Iyer-Mitra for breach of privilege of the House for his alleged derogatory remarks against the State legislators in social media in the wake of the controversy over his video post against the backdrop of the Konark temple.Mr. Iyer-Mitra, who had failed to appear before the House Committee on October 11, had apologised for his remarks in an email to the Speaker of the State Assembly. He was summoned again to appear on October 23.Mr. Iyer-Mitra had been earlier arrested by Odisha police in Delhi on the charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. A Delhi court had denied permission to police to bring him on transit remand. Instead, the court had granted Mr. Iyer-Mitra limited bail until September 28 and asked him to join the investigation. He, however, was subsequently denied regular bail by the Supreme Court.As regards the two cases registered against Mr. Iyer-Mitra – one at Konark and another in Bhubaneswar – the police are likely to question him this evening. These two cases relate to his video post in which he allegedly made unsavoury remarks on the architecture of the Sun temple at Konark.last_img

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