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.
CAB is about religious minorities facing persecution in three theistic neighbouring countries. Almost all of them are populations that were part of pre-independence India, now stranded in nations that had falsely promised them protection.
Barring notable exceptions like ex-Trinamool leader Mukul Roy or former Congressman Himanta Biswa Sarma, several top politicians like SM Krishna and Daggubati Purandeswari have been shunted by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo
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.