Summers in Odisha are harsh, and this summer especially so with Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly elections that look to challenge Naveen like never before. Yet it would appear that this is a challenge Naveen has carefully prepared himself for in the past two years.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra released from jail after Orissa High Court grants him bail; scribe had been in judicial custody for 44 days
Abhijit was arrested on 23 October on the basis of two FIRs filed against his name for allegedly passing derogatory remarks against Odisha, its people, Konark Temple and Lord Jagannath.
Odisha forgives Abhijit Iyer-Mitra: The timing of the pardon and mercurial system of punishing dissent merits examination
First arrested in September this year for alleged derogatory comments on the Konark Sun Temple, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was granted bail by the Orissa High Court on Wednesday. Iyer-Mitra was lodged at the Jharpada Jail in Bhubaneswar and was in in judicial custody since 24 October.
Orissa High Court grants bail to Abhijit Iyer-Mitra day after state govt pardons journalist for 'derogatory' comments
The high court relief comes a day after the Odisha government decided to grant pardon to Abhijit Iyer-Mitra after he apologised for the comments he made on the people and MLAs of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and the Konark Sun Temple.
Odisha government pardons journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra for derogatory remarks, withdraws all cases against him
The decision came following Mitra's prayer to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik to consider withholding sanction to prosecute him in certain criminal cases pending against him, a home department official said.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra admitted to Odisha hospital after complaining of stomach pain; scribe has been in judicial custody since 24 October
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra has been under judicial custody in Odisha's Jharpada jail since 24 October for more than two months.
India's regression on free speech, low ranking on Human Freedom Index holding it back from being prosperous
The Human Freedom Index 2017 — compiled annually by the Cato Institute — named Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as the most-free nations. India ranked 102nd, behind Indonesia and Turkey.
Odisha Assembly passes motion to forgive Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, recommends providing him books on state's culture
On the basis of the house committee's recommendation, a motion to forgive Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was moved in the Odisha Assembly, which was accepted by the House.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's arrest harsh reminder that absurd, freedom-choking laws still used in democracy to curtail speech
Earlier, when Abhijit had approached the Supreme Court for relief, he was denied bail and told jail was the "safest place" for him.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra not booked for comments on rosogollas, but for vulgar statement about Odiya culture, says Odisha IGP
Journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, in the midst of controversy over his remarks on Odisha's Konark Sun Temple, was arrested on Tuesday moments after he tendered an unconditional apology before a House Committee of the state Assembly.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra apologises to Odisha Assembly for 'derogatory' comments on Konark Sun Temple, doesn't appear in court despite summons
Journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was arrested by Odisha Police on 20 September from Delhi with the assistance of Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments of the people.
Supreme Court denies journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra protection from arrest, says his comments 'incite religious feelings'
The Supreme Court asked journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra why he thought he was entitled to protection as he had hurt religious sentiments.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's purported crime is describing the iconic Konark temple as a "humple", based on the explicit representations of sex on its façade.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra gets bail after brief arrest in Delhi; journalist facing action for 'derogatory' video on Konark temple
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra's arrest could be in connection with his tweet from Sunday with a "defamatory" video commentary from the Konark temple in Odisha.