Maharashtra govt to probe into cartoonist's arrest

  • PTI, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Sep 15, 2012 07:55 IST
  • Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who has been arrested on sedition charges, is produced at the Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai. AFP Photo

  • Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who has been arrested on sedition charges, is produced at the Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai. AFP Photo

  • Cartoonish Aseem Trivedi gestures outside a court in Mumbai. AFP Photo

  • Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who has been arrested on sedition charges, is produced at the Metropolitan Magistrate court in Mumbai. AFP Photo

  • Policemen escort cartoonist Aseem Trivedi after he was arrested on charges of mocking the Indian constitution in his cartoons in Mumbai. AP Photo

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    Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi gestures after he is arrested by the police on charges of mocking the Indian constitution in his cartoons, in Mumbai. AP Photo

Chastened by the outrage caused by the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi for "sedition", the Maharashtra government has now ordered an inquiry into how he came to be booked for the serious offense.

State Home Department sources on Saturday said that the concerned police officers and law officers would face inquiry.

Sources said the inquiry was ordered after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar objected to the invocation of the section dealing with sedition in the Indian Penal Code against Trivedi.

However, the sources said, both favoured (lesser) action against Trivedi as the cartoons were offensive and portrayed the Parliament and the national emblem in poor light.

Trivedi was arrested last Sunday and was released on Wednesday after the Bombay high court granted him bail.

 

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