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Odisha grants pardon to journalist Iyer Mitra

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The government Tuesday decided to grant pardon to Abhijit Iyer Mitra, who is lodged in jail for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the state, its people and culture, officials said.

The decision came following Mitra's prayer to to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him, a said.

"He (Mitra) has appealed to the to accept his apology and contrition in having wounded the sentiments of people of without intention," the said.

had further mentioned in his representation that in consideration of his unconditional apology in having hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha "unintentionally without malice and mal-intent", the pardoned him on November 17.

"Taking into account his representation, the government decided not to accord sanction of prosecution in cases where prosecution has been sought for and also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against him by following laid-down procedures," the said.

The Delhi-based was arrested on October 23 after he posted a video on his handle, allegedly criticising Odisha, Lord Jagannath, and the Odisha lawmakers.

Two cases were registered against at in Bhubaneswar and in district.

He was arrested under various sections of IPC, Act and & Archaeological sites & Remains Act.

In his petition to the state government, requested the and the chief secretary to withdraw the sanctions prosecuting him under Section 196 of the CrPC.

He also apologised for the video saying he didn't intend to hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha.

The had on November 17 pardoned Mitra after he tendered an unconditional and unreserved apology for his statement against the lawmakers.

The assembly accepted the recommendations made by a which was set up to enquire into the question of alleged breach of privilege relating to the statement made by Mitra.

The committee was set up on September 20 following concerns expressed by MLAs cutting across party lines.

Mitra, who has been lodged at the high-security in the state capital, was admitted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar after he complained of illness on December 2.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 22:10 IST