Abhijit’s Anti-Odisha Remarks: SC To Hear Plea Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Supreme Court has listed the Abhijit Iyer-Mitra versus the Odisha government for Monday. It will be heard by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and A M Khanwilkar.

On September 27, the apex court had extended Abhijit’s interim bail till October 5 and directed the Odisha Police to provide him with adequate protection if he needs to appear before the Orissa High Court during his visit to Odisha.

Abhijit, whose derogatory remarks on Odisha, the Sun Temple of Konark and Lord Jagannath had triggered widespread resentment across the state, was arrested by the Odisha Police after being interrogated at the Nizamuddin Police Station in New Delhi on September 20.

However, the Metropolitan Magistrate of the Saket Court rejected the appeal of the Odisha Police to take Abhijit on a transit remand to the state for further interrogation, as they failed to produce relevant evidence to justify his arrest, and granted conditional bail to him till September 28.

The court had also directed Abhijit to appear at the Konark police station after September 28 in connection with a case registered against on the basis of a complaint by Bimbadhar Beura for his derogatory remarks on the Sun Temple.

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