Bhubaneswar: A government advocate has revealed that a camp court at the special jail had reserved its verdict on the bail plea of Delhi- based journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra extended his jail custody by 14 days. The advocate has further added that the sub-divisional judicial magistrate, Bhubaneswar, held a camp court at a special jail, where the journalist is lodged after his arrest from his residence in New Delhi October 23.
From the last two months, Camp courts are being held in jails of Odisha as lawyers are on strike.
For allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of people of Odisha Iyer Mitra was sent to jail It said that he mentions some issuing derogatory remarks against the Sun Temple at Konark, Lord Jagannath and the state.
On Tuesday, his inceptive 14-day judicial remand had ended on November 5. His lawyer had thereafter moved the bail plea before the camp court.
Mr. Mitra was in remand of under the Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscene acts and songs), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religious beliefs), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on groups on grounds of religious race, place of birth, residence, language etc.) 500 (defamation), 506 (criminal intimidation) Section 67 (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information technology Act.
P K Amat Odisha Assembly Speaker has set up a House committee on September 20 for an inquiry into the alleged breach of privilege by the journalist following his alleged derogatory remarks against the state, its culture, and the lawmakers.
Before the House Committee of Odisha Assembly on October 23, Iyer Mitra appeared and tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks on the legislators.