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Anti-Odisha Remarks: Abhijit Iyer Submits Affidavit, House Committee To Scrutinize

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03 November 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: As had been directed yesterday (November 2), Delhi-based journalist and blogger Abhijit Iyer Mitra reappeared before the State Assembly House Committee today and submitted his affidavit.

The House Committee will now review Iyer’s statements and affidavit, said House Committee Chairman and Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra.

Briefing the media, he said, “Abhijit Iyer Mitra appeared before the committee today as he was directed to do so yesterday after he had failed to submit his affidavit. Now, that he has submitted the affidavit, it will be thoroughly scrutinized along with his recorded statements and all the allegations made against him. A detailed report will be prepared that will be tabled in the Winter Session of Odisha Assembly.”

“The House Committee will meet again before November 16, that is the scheduled date for commencement of the Winter Session,” he added.

“If required, he will be asked to depose again and provide more clarification”, concluded Mishra.

During his first appearance, the Committee had asked Abhijit to file a detailed affidavit on November 2 in connection with the Breach of Privilege of the House for his alleged derogatory remarks against the State legislators. However, he had failed to do so following which the House Committee had directed him to comply the next day (today i.e. November 3).

The Delhi-based journalist and blogger courted controversy over his distasteful remarks on the Konark Sun Temple, Odisha and its legislators.

He has recently been arrested by the Twin City Commissionerate police in connection with a criminal case filed against him at the Saheed Nagar Police Station here soon after his deposition before the Committee on October 23. Later, he was taken on remand by Konark Police for interrogation.

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Narasingha Mishra, Chairman, House Committee