Enraged at sedition charge, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi refuses to apply for bail

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Police arrested Trivedi on sedition charges after his drawings criticising government corruption irked the ruling Congress party. (AP) Police arrested Trivedi on sedition charges after his drawings criticising government corruption irked the ruling Congress party. (AP)
SummaryArrest sparked furore with political parties, and civil society fighting a pitched verbal battle.

Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term that may extend to three years".

Meanwhile, a report from Beed, Central Maharashtra, said two separate complaints have been registered against Trivedi for "insulting" Parliament and Constitution through his cartoons.

The first case was filed on January 7, 2012, in Beed Court by Hanumant Upre, President of OBC Styashodhak Parishad.

The second one was registered on May 23.

National symbols need to be respected: Govt

New Delhi: Maintaining that UPA government is not in favour of "censorship but self-regulation" by the media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today said certain ground rules for respect of national symbols have to be followed by every Indian citizen.

"UPA government is not for censorship but for self- regulation and in the last three years as an I & B Minister, we have promoted self-regulation at every step," she told reporters here.

She was responding to queries following the arrest of cartoonist Assem Trivedi in Mumbai for allegedly posting seditious content on his website.

Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai on Saturday on the basis of a complaint filed in December. He was produced before a court which remanded him to police custody till September 16.

A member of Republican Party of India, Amit Katarnayea, had filed a complaint against Trivedi that he had put up banners mocking Indian constitution during Anna Hazare's rally held last year at the Bandra Kurla Complex. It was also alleged that he had put the obscene content on his website.

Soni said though the Constitution ensures freedom of expression, it also lays down that every citizen must respect the national symbols.

"There are certain ground rules which we all have to follow. When the Constitution ensures freedom of expression to each one of us, it also lays down that we as Indian citizens respect all national symbols which represent the Indian nation," she added.

The I&B Minister favoured a harmony between creativity and sense of respect for national symbols.

"We have to bring our right to expression, right to creativity and our respect for national symbols in a harmonious way," she said.

Arvind Kejriwal-led IAC backs Koodankulam stir, jailed cartoonist

Ghaziabad: Arvind Kejriwal-led India Against Corruption today came in support of Koodankulam protesters and jailed cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, accusing the government of using charges of sedition to muzzle voices of dissent.

Addressing a press conference here, Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav condemned the

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