Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was recently remanded to 14 days judicial custody for dishonoring the national symbols in his cartoons he displayed in the protest rallies held by social activist Anna Hazare in Delhi and Mumbai.
The Kanpur based cartoonist was arrested by Mumbai Police on the basis of the complaint which was filed against him for posting seditious content on his website and insulting national symbols through his cartoons. The cartoons in question are on the theme of corruption and one of them depicts the national emblem as comprising wolves in place of lions and the slogan Bhrashtameva Jayate in place of Satyameva Jayate. The arrested cartoonist was remanded to judicial custody till 24 September by a Mumbai Court.
Saying 'sacrifice was the need of the hour’; Trivedi cited Mahatma Gandhi and Anna Hazare and refused to apply for bail. Calling himself a patriot he stated that he will continue to fight against all those who are raising disputes in the country. Like his grandfather who was known to be a freedom fighter and was jailed during the struggle for freedom by the British, he said even he would prefer to remain in jail. To gather more information buy news articles online.
A Mumbai based lawyer at the Bandra Kurla Complex police station filed a complaint against Trivedi last December under the Indian Penal Code's section 124 (sedition), the Information Technology Act's section 66-A (sending offensive messages through communication services) and the Prevention of Insults to Nation Honour (PINH) Act's section 2 (imprisonment for disrespect to the national flag or the constitution or any part thereof). For more details buy news articles online. The police action was politically motivated, stated Trivedi’s friends further adding "Aseem told us the government targeted him because he supported Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption," The police were treating Aseem like a criminal, said a friend. "He decided not to engage an advocate and wants to let the court decide.
He maintains he is not wrong. That is why he does not see a need to defend himself." The cartoonist has refused to seek bail; Mumbai police did not seek his custody. In the wake of all the commotion and chaos regarding his act, Aseem mentioned that he does not regret for his actions and will continue doing what he had done.
No fear was seen in the eyes of the man when he was produced in the court where he was remanded to police custody. He further announced that “If telling the truth makes me a traitor then I am one." Take glimpses of the situation, buy online images. Maharashtra Government is seen distancing from the jostle surrounding Aseem but has said that it was trying to seek the release of the artist who has been charged with sedition. Supporters and family members of the cartoonist were seen protesting outside Jaiswal's residence to express their indignation demanding the release of Aseem. The news of the cartoonist taken into custody went viral across the country. Social Media is also abuzz about Aseem’s arrest along with the general public, who are criticizing his arrest and offering full support to him.