Aseem Trivedi walks out of jail (Lead)

September 12th, 2012 - 3:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Anna Hazare Mumbai, Sep 12 (IANS) Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi walked out of prison Wednesday, four days after he was charged with sedition. Trivedi, an activist of India Against Corruption (IAC), had been given bail Tuesday. The case had led to outrage in the country.

Trivedi was arrested on Saturday and sent to police custody for seven days. He was charged with sedition for drawing cartoons insulting the Indian emblem, including the constitution, during Anna Hazare’ anti-corruption movement in Mumbai in December 2011.

Following nationwide outrage, the Mumbai police Monday produced him before a court where he was granted judicial custody till Sep 24.

The Bombay High Court Tuesday granted bail of Rs.5,000 to Trivedi in a public suit filed by a lawyer Sanskar Marathe.

Trivedi Tuesday declined to be released until the sedition charge, slapped by Mumbai police on him, was withdrawn.

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