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House committee summons DGP, Intelligence director over Abhijit Iyer row

Bhubaneswar: The House committee today summoned the DGP, Intelligence Director & editors of 2 media houses to appear before it in connection with Abhijit Iyer Mitra’s insulting statement against Odisha MLAs and Odisha’s culture heritage.

The House Committee convened meeting chaired by committee chief Narasingha Mishra today in the State Assembly. After the meeting Mishra informed that DGP, Intelligence Director and editors of two media houses have been summoned. They will all appear before the committee by September 28.

Breach of privilege motion was brought against a person. Notice will be served on the accused based on evidence.

Odisha Assembly Speaker formed the House Committee headed by LoP Narasingha Mishra to probe into the matter. The Committee will submit its report on the first of next Assembly session.

Abhijit’s remark against Odisha, Jagannath temple, Konark temple and State MLAs drew sharp criticism from all quarters. Odisha Assembly also raised the matter and members cutting across party lines expressed deep concern and demanded strict punishment for him during a special discussion on a privilege motion moved by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Narasingha Mishra against him.

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