Swamy Lauds Naveen

Saffron Veteran, Subramanian Swamy appreciated Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the Odisha Legislative Assembly for their generosity towards Abhijit Iyer Mitra.

A day after the Odisha Government pardoned Abhijit , in a Twitter post, the BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Dr.Swamy said: "The withdrawal of cases against Abhijit and that too after the CJI had rebuked his advocate that Abhijit is safe in jail, is due to large heart of CM Patnaik and the Odisha Assembly sagacity. Abhijit should learn that four letter foul word is not culture."
State Government on 4 December 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 Mr.Iyar-Mitra's prayer to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him.
 "He (Mitra) has appealed to the Chief Minister to accept his apology and contrition in having wounded the sentiments of people of Odisha without intention," said Special Secretary Home Santosh Bala.
Mr.Iyer 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 Odisha Legislative  Assembly pardoned him on 17 November.
"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 Ms.Bala said.
 Mr.IyarMitra was arrested on 23 October after he posted a video on his Twitter handle, allegedly criticizing Odisha, Lord Jagannath, Konark temple and the Odisha Lawmakers.
Two cases were registered against Mr.Iyer Mitra at Saheed Nagar Police Station in Bhubaneswar and Konark Police Station in Puri district.
The scribe, who has been lodged at the  Jharpada Special Jail in the Capital City, was admitted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar after he complained of illness on 2 December.
Police has already interrogated him and now High Court has already allowed him bail and as the State Government has denied any prosecution sanction against Mr Iyar Mitra, he will be released soon.

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