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Sedition charges against cartoonist dropped

The Attorney General told the court that the charges were a 'knee-jerk reaction'.

Aseem Trivedi (Photo Courtesy: mid day)

The Maharashtra government today dropped sedition charges against cartoonist Assem Trivedi.

The Attorney General told the Bombay High Court that the sedition charges against Trivedi were a 'knee-jerk reaction'.

He said that the state will draft a circular and this will be presented to the Chief Justice for approval after which it will be sent out to all police stations.

The cartoonist, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on Sept. 8 on sedition charges for drawing cartoons depicting the national parliament as a giant toilet and replaced India’s three lions’ emblem with three wolves dripping blood from their mouths with the words “long live corruption” written underneath.

He was released on September 12 after the Bombay High Court granted him bail.

He has also been accused of putting up banners mocking the Constitution during a rally of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare late last year and posting the same on his website.

Trivedi was arrested on the basis of a complaint filed by a member of Republican Party of India.

Source: IBNLive

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