Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi released, vows to continue protest

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Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 14:56 [IST]
 
Cartoon row: Aseem Trivedi released

Mumbai, Sept 12: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi got a heroic reception by his supporters and India Against Corruption (IAC) members when he walked out of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai on Wednesday, Sept 12.

Supporters outside the jail shouted slogans - "Vande Mataram" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" while welcoming their new hero - Aseem Trivedi whose arrest created nation wide controversy.

Trivedi, who was arrested for allegedly insulting Parliament, National Emblem and Indian Constitution, claimed that he will continue his protest against corruption in the country.

He once again reiterated that he will not spare the government unless and until sedition charges against him are dropped. Comparing himself with India freedom fighters, Trivedi said, "Even Gandhi and Nehru have been charged with sedition. Were they not patriotic?"

The cartoonist also asserted, "I will cooperate in all court cases; I do not agree with the law on sedition that should be done away with. This fight is not restricted to my release. This will continue till 124 A & all curbs on freedom of speech are not removed."

Earlier, he had refused to accept the bail granted by the Bombay High Court on personal bond of Rs 5,000. His father Ashok Trivedi too refused to accept bail as he claimed that his son has not committed any sin.

Citing a legal complaint against his cartoons lodged by a lawyer, Mumbai police arrested Trivedi on Saturday and sent him to seven days police custody. He was produced again before a court on Monday which sent him to judicial custody till Sept 24. He was booked under the charges of IPC Section 124 A for sedition, Section 66 A of IT Act and under National Emblem Act, 1971.

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