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Subramanian Swamy praises Patnaik for pardoning journalist

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

A day after the government pardoned Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, senior BJP leader Wednesday lauded and the Assembly for their generosity.

In a post, the BJP's Swamy said: "The withdrawal of cases against Abhijit and that too after the CJI had rebuked his that Abhijit is safe in jail, is due to large heart of CM and the Assembly sagacity. Abhijit should learn that four letter foul word is not culture."

On Tuesday, the had announced its decision to grant pardon to Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who is lodged in jail for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the state, its people and culture.

The decision was made following Mitra's prayer to Odisha to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him.

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

Mitra 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 and also decided to take steps to withdraw other cases pending against him by following laid-down procedures," the said.

The Delhi-based and researcher 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 Mitra at Saheed Nagar Police Station in Bhubaneswar and in district.

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: Wed, December 05 2018. 15:55 IST