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4 reasons why cartoonist Aseem Trivedi does not want bail

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Aseem Trivedi
Mumbai, Sept 10: Despite receiving official permission, rebel cartoonist Aseem Trivedi refused to apply for his bail. The cartoonist on Monday, Sept 10 has been sent to judicial custody till Sept 24.

Here are the four reasons why Trivedi refused to apply for his bail:

  1. Aseem Trivedi wants the charges of sedition against him to be dropped.
  2. Trivedi along with other activists believe that his arrest prove that Indian government does not respect constitutional rights of freedom of expression.
  3. The cartoonist believes that he tells the truth and he is not a traitor.
  4. Trivedi claims that he will continue to violate rules to serve the nation.

Amit Arvind Katarnavre, a lawyer by profession, had approached the Mumbai police and filed a complaint against 25-year-old Trivedi. The court then issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the young cartoonist who later on Saturday, Sept 8 surrendered himself.

His cartoons were posted at the protest venue where Anna Hazare held his agitation in Dec 2011. Trivedi's arrest sparked controversy in the country. [Read: 8 'seditious' cartoons for which Aseem Trivedi was arrested]

Former Team Anna members - Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan on Monday criticised Mumbai police for arresting Trivedi. Lawyer Bhushan said, "The sedition charge is constantly being misused by the government. It should only be used only if someone incites violence. By no stretch of imagination was Aseem promoting violence."

Supporting Mr Bhushan's statement, Kejriwal added, "I know Aseem personally. He is not a traitor. Traitors are those who clash in Parliament or those who sell off coal blocks at a pittance."

Trivedi has been booked under IPC Section 124 A for sedition, Section 66 A of IT Act and under National Emblem Act, 1971.

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