The Maharashtra government today sought to distance itself from the row surrounding jailed cartoonist Aseem Trivedi but said that it was trying to seek the release of the artist who has been charged with sedition.
Home minister RR Patil told reporters that his department has nothing to do with the complaint filed against Trivedi. The Kanpur-based cartoonist was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Saturday on the basis of a complaint, which alleged that he posted seditious content on his website, filed in December by a member of the Republican Party of India.
Patil said that the government was considering Trivedi's case sympathetically and trying to seek his release. Trivedi has been accused of putting up banners mocking the Constitution during an Anna Hazare rally in Mumbai last year and posting the same on his website.
The minister was here to attend the passing out parade of a new batch of police sub-inspectors at the Maharashtra Police Academy.