The case against Jay Panda is most likely to die a natural death. The Odisha government, however, would be happy that the limited purpose for which it was lodged in the first place has already been fulfilled.
Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, who had flown in his own helicopter along with Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and another Delhi-based journalist last week, had strong alibis backed with documentary evidence to disprove the police case.
Journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is in the eye of a storm for a series of tweets and statements that make fun of Odisha, its people and some of the revered symbols of Odia pride like the Sun Temple and the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri.
Panda was suspended from the party in January as the BJD said the lawmaker from Kendrapara targeted the party for not nominating him for chairmanship of the standing committee of Finance due to conflict of interest.