Enraged at sedition charge, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi refuses to apply for bail
Trivedi had come to Mumbai on September 8 and went straight to Bandra-Kurla Police station where the complaint was registered against him. He was immediately arrested and produced before the court the next day.
Earlier, a team of Mumbai Police had gone to Kanpur to look for Trivedi. Not finding him, they had met his father.
After Trivedi learnt that a complaint had been filed against him in Mumbai, he surrendered to police.
Trivedi had told the Court yesterday he would not engage a lawyer and also did not say anything in his defence.
The prosecution's charge against Trivedi is that he had put up objectionable posters on his website which allegedly insulted the Constitution. Also, he had allegedly insulted the National Anthem in one of his cartoons displayed at Hazare's rally and uploaded it on his website.
Meanwhile, the Press Club, Mumbai, in a statement, condemned the arrest of Trivedi on charge of sedition which it termed as "a draconian and outdated piece of law".
Seeking Trivedi's immediate release, the statement said he was a well-known activist against corruption and was only portraying the rot in the system through his cartoon images. His blog posts meant no harm to either the nation's emblems or to the Constitution.
Section 124 IPC which has been invoked against Trivedi, says "whoever, by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the Government,