Lawyer files complaint against Katju in city court


Bhubaneswar: Unpalatable online remarks against Odisha and Odias may cost the former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju dear as a lower court here on Monday admitted a complaint against him. Senior lawyer Ashok Badapanda filed the complaint with sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) against Katju, alleging his recent Facebook comments amounted to sedition and an act against the state.
Katju’s comments against people of Odisha earlier triggered statewide public outrage on Friday, forcing him to tender an apology on his Facebook page.

“I had written my post in lighter vein. However, if Odia people are feeling hurt I apologize. I had no intention to hurt their feelings, and was only joking, just as I had joked about Biharis, Tamilians, etc. People should develop a sense of humour,” his post read.

His reaction came in the wake of vehement public outcry over his October 10 Facebook post. In his post Katju had written: “I was asked to write about the Oriyas (Odias). What is there to write about these poor chaps? Ever since they got a thrashing at the hands of Ashoka in the battle of Kalinga they have been a dejected lot. Now all they have with them are a lot of pots (Patras), big pots (Mahapatras) and supposedly intelligent kings (Patnaiks). And of course they have Lord Jaggannath, to whom they pray every day for revenge on the abominable Biharis.”

On Friday, all political parties ignoring their ideological differences and civil society organizations took to the streets at different places, including Bhubaneswar and Puri, shouted slogans against him and burnt his posters. A social outfit lodged a complaint against him at Capital police station here.

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