Law student Amit Katarnaware, whose police complaint led to the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, feels that Anna Hazare and his India Against Corruption team should not have instigated the cartoonist and that they should have stopped him from displaying his work.
"I saw the exhibition of cartoons at the protest organised by Anna Hazare at Bandra-Kurla Complex in December 2011. It had Kasab's face on animals peeing on Constitution, the lions of the Ashoka emblem were replaced by wolves and Parliament was shown as a commode. As a responsible citizen, I felt duty bound to complain to the police against Trivedi for exhibiting such insulting cartoons," the third-year law student from DY Patil College, Nerul, said on Monday.
"Anna and his team should have stopped the exhibition." Katarnaware said the charges of sedition have been rightly applied as the cartoons are an insult to Constitution.
"If the charge sheet is filed properly and the public prosecutor pleads strongly, a conviction is guaranteed in this case."
The cartoons also hurt his national and religious sentiments, the Juinagar resident said.
The 27-year-old argued that Trivedi could have registered his protest through "proper channels by approaching court".