Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was on Monday remanded in 14-day judicial custody till September 24. He refused to engage a lawyer in protest.
Aseem was charged with sedition for insulting national symbols through his cartoons. The cartoons in question are on the theme Cartoons Against Corruption and one of them depicts the national emblem as comprising wolves in place of lions and the slogan Bhrashtameva Jayate in place of Satyameva Jayate.
A Mumbai-based lawyer filed a complaint against Trivedi at the Bandra Kurla Complex police station in December, 2011, under the Indian Penal Code’s section 124 (sedition), the Information Technology Act’s section 66-A (sending offensive messages through communication services) and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour (PINH) Act’s section 2 (imprisonment for disrespect to the national flag or the constitution or any part thereof).
Former judges, lawyers and civil rights activists criticized the police for the development, in particular the custodial duration.
Terming the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in Mumbai a “serious criminal offence”, former Superme Court judge and Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju on Monday said politicians and police officials behind it should be instead arrested and tried.