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Court extends Iyer Mitra's judicial custody by 14 days

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

A camp court at the special jail here had reserved its verdict on the plea of Delhi-based and extended his jail custody by 14 days, a government said Wednesday.

Camp courts are being held in the jails of Odisha as lawyers are on strike for the last two months.

The sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Bhubaneswar, Tuesday held a camp court at the special jail, where the scribe is lodged after his arrest from his residence in New on October 23, the said.

Iyer Mitra was sent to jail for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of the people of Odisha by issuing derogatory remarks against the at Konark, Lord Jagannath and the state.

His initial 14-day judicial remand had ended on November 5. His had thereafter moved the plea before the camp court Tuesday.

Iyer Mitra was arrested in connection with a case filed at the station under Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscene acts and songs), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc.) 500 (defamation), 506 (criminal intimidation) and section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Act.

P K Amat had set up a on September 20 for an inquiry into the alleged breach of privilege by the following his alleged derogatory remarks against the state, its culture and the lawmakers.

Iyer Mitra had appeared before the of on October 23 and tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks on the legislators.

He was asked to submit an affidavit on November 2. He had requested time for an additional day and complied with the orders the next day.

The had also secured a four-day remand of the for questioning him over his alleged offensive remarks on the

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 19:30 IST