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Odisha govt clears all decks for Abhijit Mitra's release

ANI  |  New Delhi[India] 

The Odisha on Tuesday announced that it will not accord sanction to prosecute in certain criminal cases and will also take steps to withdraw other criminal cases pending against him.

Mitra, who has been in judicial custody since October for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the is lodged at in Bhubaneswar. He was arrested by the from on October 23.

"has made an appeal to the of Odisha to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him. He has appealed 'to accept his apology and contrition' in having wounded the sentiments of people of Odisha without intention. .Taking into account his representation, the has decided not to accord sanction of in cases where has been sought for and also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against him," a press statement from Home Department of the read.

In November, the passed a motion to forgive Mitra on the recommendation of the of the Assembly, which was formed to investigate the matter.

Earlier, Mitra wrote an apology letter to the and Assembly over his derogatory remarks.

On September 16, Mitra during a visit to the posted a satirical video on in which he made derogatory remarks insulting Odisha, its culture, tradition and state legislators.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 21:20 IST