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Aseem out on bail, vows battle against sedition law

Mumbai: Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi today walked out of jail, a day after he was granted bail by the Bombay High court in a case where he was accused of sedition and insulting national symbols.

The cartoonist, who has been defiant since his arrest, today thanked members of IAC for their support and said he would continue his battle for freedom of expression and against the sedition law.

"I would like to thank everyone who supported me throughout this ordeal. Others like me have not been so lucky," he said.

Trivedi was granted bail by the Bombay High court yesterday. PTI

The cartoonist, whose cartoons were used during the India Against Corruption (IAC) anti-corruption rally, was arrested on 8 September after he surrendered to the Mumbai Police in a case where he was charged under sections of law for sedition and insulting national emblems.

The law of sedition was something that Gandhi and Nehru were against but it has still not been done away with, Trivedi said.

"Even a child would be able to understand that the cartoons were made out of patriotism and not because of anti-national sentiments," he said.

It is the responsibility of the judiciary and government to ensure that freedom of expression is preserved in the country, he said.

Many volunteers of the IAC were present at the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai from where Trivedi was released around midday today. Many of them waved the national flag and shouted slogans as the cartoonist left the jail.

The Mumbai Police after arresting Trivedi had hastily denied that it needed his custody in the case and he was subsequently remanded to judicial custody. The cartoonist had earlier said he would not apply for bail until the sedition law was repealed, but was granted bail by the Bombay High court after a lawyer filed a petition against his detention in jail.

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