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.

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, shall be imprisoned for life".

Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to Nation Honour Act, says, "whoever in any public place burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written or by acts) the National 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

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