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Toon case: Concern in Delhi Assembly over editor's arrest

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New Delhi, Mar 2 (UNI) Members in Delhi Assembly today expressed concern over the continued detention of the editor of a magazine over charges that he published the controversial cartoon that has enraged Muslims.

''It is a false case. He is being kept in jail with hardened criminals. Even his wife is not being allowed to meet him. To me the whole case looks part of a conspiracy,'' Leader of the Opposition Jagdish Mukhi said while speaking about 'Senior India' Editor Alok Tomar, who was arrested here last week.

Making a special mention when the House was debating an opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on the MCD's ongoing demolition drive, he said the Chief Minister should intervene and secure freedom for the jailed journalist.

Mr Ramakant Goswami (Cong) said he had seen the magazine edition but found nothing objectionable in it. Unlike the editor, the chairman of the magazine had been granted bail, he pointed out.

He was, however, of the opinion that instead of the CM, the Speaker should take a stand on behalf of the House. The Speaker, however, asked the Chief Minister to make her stand clear.

Ms Dikshit said she would seek details about the case and inform the House accordingly.

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