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Orissa High Court granted bail to Abhijit Iyer Mitra who was arrested for his derogatory remarks on Odisha

Cuttack:5/12/18: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday granted bail to research scholar Abhijit Iyer Mitra, who was arrested for his vitriolic and derogatory remarks on Odisha and its culture.

The court, while granting bail to Abhijit in the cases registered against him by Saheed Nagar Police and Konark Police, made it clear that the lower court can lay down the terms and conditions of the bail.

He can now walk out of the Jharpada Jail in Bhubaneswar.

The bail to Abhijit followed the Odisha government’s decision to withdraw all cases against him. “Abhijit Iyer Mitra has made an appeal to the Government of Odessa 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 the people of Odisha without intention. He has further mentioned that in consideration of his unconditional apology in having hurt the sentiments of the people of Odisha unintentionally

Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy has lavishly praised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the Odisha Assembly for their magnanimity in withdrawing all cases against Abhijit.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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