The three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, said: “We have seen your remarks on Sun Temple. Your comments hurt religious feelings. How are you entitled to bail?”
Responding to Mitra's counsel Nikhil Mehra's arguments that his life will be in danger if he goes to Odisha, CJI Gogoi said: "If you say you face threats, the safest place for you would be in jail. Your life will be secure.”
Sibo Mishra, lawyer appearing for the Odisha state government, submitted to the Supreme Court that Mitra’s comments incited communal disharmony in the society and therefore, he was not entitled for any protection. The court was informed that there are three FIRs registered against him and he has not cooperated with the investigating agency.
Mehra while seeking extension of bail of his client submitted to the Supreme Court that no harm was intended and the tweet was allegedly being taken out of context.
Later Mehra said: "I respect the order of the Supreme Court. I won't file a review petition in the case. Let the law take it own course. Now it is the police to take a decision whether to arrest my client or not. I have full faith in investigation. My client will join the investigation," Mehra told ANI.
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