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Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi arrested
Charged with sedition, Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was on Monday sent to jail for two weeks by a Mumbai court. Even as the Maharashtra government and police are facing severe criticism for the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for mocking Parliament and National Emblem, the FIR against him was registered on the basis of a complaint by an individual Amit Katarnayea, who is incidentally a member of the Republican Party of India.Trivedi 25, himself did not apply for bail in the case until the sedition charge, for which maximum punishment is life imprisonment, was dropped, even as the Maharashtra government sought to distance itself from the case.

Trivedi faces sedition charges under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code, among other offences under the Information Technology Act."The cartoons by Trivedi depicted Parliament as a commode and showed the national emblem with wolves instead of lions. The cartoons were obviously aimed at creating unrest in the society," said C Bhosale, senior inspector of police. Mr. Patil said there was no need for a seven-day remand and he would seek legal opinion in this regard. “If investigations are completed, we need not keep him for such a long time.” Trivedi was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a member of Republican Party of India, Amit Katarnayea."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," said a statement in Hindi purported to be written by Trivedi in jail.

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