Odisha court extends judicial custody of Abhijit Iyer Mitra

Bhubaneswar (Odisha): The Jharpara Jail camp court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on Abhijit Iyer Mitra’s bail plea and extended his judicial custody for 14 days.

Mitra was in 14-day judicial custody from October 23.

On October 23, Mitra was arrested by the Bhubaneswar Police in connection with the case filed at Saheed Nagar Police Station over his derogatory remarks against Odisha and Konark Sun Temple. He was taken into custody by the Odisha police after he appeared before the House Committee of the Odisha Legislative Assembly.

Mitra is facing the allegation of making derogatory remarks on the Konark Sun Temple and Odisha. He was slated to appear before the House panel again on November 2.

During a visit to the Konark Sun Temple on September 16, Mitra had posted a satirical video on Twitter, where he made some derogatory remarks insulting Odisha, its culture, tradition and the lawmakers.

On October 11, Mitra wrote an apology letter to the House Committee and the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly over his derogatory remarks and other offences he is accused of.