'Seditious' cartoons storm India, Trivedi to be freed now

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Mumbai, Sept 12: After much controversies and hullabaloos, cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who has been granted bail by Bombay High Court, is expected to be released from Arthur Road jail in Mumbai on Wednesday, Sept 12.

The cartoonist, who initially refused to accept the bail on personal bond of Rs 5,000, was left with no option but was obligated to obey the law. He earlier had asserted that he would not apply for bail until the government drops sedition charge against him.

The cartoonist earlier had claimed, "I am not seeking bail because I am proud of whatever I did and this I will do it repeatedly. I am not a criminal that I should deposit money and seek bail, but till the time the charges of sedition are not dropped against me, I will continue to be in jail."

Supporting the cartoonist, his father Ashok Trivedi also said, "He has done absolutely nothing wrong. The manner in which he has been treated is inhumane and unfair. This will not be the end of it."

"However, I am feeling elated after coming to know about Aseem's stance of not accepting bail. His act is enough to prove that he comes from a family of freedom fighters who opposed the draconian British Raj," Mr Ashok added.

Aseem on Saturday was arrested for drawing cartoons mocking Parliament, National emblem and many others. However, sedition charge has not been dropped against him yet, though government sources on Tuesday informed that they will consider Aseem's demand of withdrawing sedition charge. [Read: What is sedition? Is Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi really guilty?]

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