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SC refuses relief to Abhijit Iyer-Mitra over comments on Konark Temple

ANI | Updated: Oct 04, 2018 15:30 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 4 (ANI): The Supreme Court of India on Thursday denied relief to commentator Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who is facing charges for his alleged derogatory remarks on Konark Sun Temple architecture and Odia culture.
The three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, said: “We have seen your remarks on Sun Temple. You  are inciting religious feelings of people of this country. How are you entitled to bail?”
Mitra was arrested by Odisha Police on September 20 from Delhi with the assistance of Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments of the people. He was later granted bail.
Responding to Mitra's counsel Nikhil Mehra's arguments that his life will be in danger if he goes to Odisha, CJI Gogoi said: "If you say you face threats, the safest place for you would be in jail. Your life will be secure.”
Sibo Mishra, lawyer appearing for the Odisha state government, submitted to the Supreme Court that Mitra’s comments incited communal disharmony in the society and therefore, he was not entitled for any protection. The court was informed that there are three FIRs registered against him and he has not cooperated with the investigating agency.
Mehra while seeking extension of bail of his client submitted to the Supreme Court that no harm was intended and the tweet was allegedly being taken out of context.
Later Mehra said: "I respect the order of the Supreme Court. I won't file a review petition in the case. Let the law take it own course. Now it is the police to take a decision whether to arrest my client or not. I have full faith in investigation. My client will join the investigation," Mehra told ANI.
Mitra during his visit to Odisha's Sun Temple on September 16 had posted a satirical video about it and allegedly made derogatory comments over the state's food and culture. (ANI)