• Petitioned Shri R R Patil

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Home Minister Maharashtra
Shri R R Patil
Union Home Minister
Sushil Kumar Shindr
Prime Minister of India
Manmoham Singh
Chief Minister Maharashtra
Shri Prithviraj Chavan
Union Minister of law and Justice
Shri Salman Khurshid

Release Political Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi

    1. Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
    2. Petition by

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal

      Mumbai (Bombay), India

September 2012


Kamayani Bali-Mahabal: Aseem trivedi a sgranted bail and A division bench of Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justice Amjad Sayyed ofBombay High Court described the Mumbai Police action against Trivedi as 'arbitrary' and based on 'frivolous' grounds. More importantly, the HC said that it would frame certain parameters that would have to be followed in future if the police want to apply the charge of sedition against anyone. Hearing a PIL filed by advocate Sanskar Marathe, the division bench questioned, "How can you (police) arrest people on frivolous grounds? You arrest a cartoonist and breach his liberty of freedom of speech and expression."

The court further added, "Today you attacked a cartoonist, tomorrow you will attack a film maker and then a writer. We live in a free society and everyone has freedom of speech and expression." Describing Trivedi's arrest as 'arbitrary' the court wondered whether there were many more like him. "We have one Aseem Trivedi who was courageous enough to raise his voice and stand against this, but what about several others whose voices are shut by police," said the court which has now asked the police to file a comprehensive affidavit by October 12 before the court.

Meanwhile, The Bandra-Kurla-Complex police officers said on september 26th that they sent their proposal to the senior officers to withdraw the sedition charges against the Kanpur-based cartoonist, Aseem Trivedi(25), in the case registered with them. A senior officer said that he is discussing the issue with the legal experts and very soon they will forward the file to the state government.

Charged with sedition and insulting national emblems in his cartoons, Aseem Trivedi — a political cartoonist based in Kanpur — surrendered  to poilce in Mumbai on September 8, 2012.

The Mumbai Police’s cyber wing had blocked Trivedi’s website, www.cartoonsagainstcorruption.com, last December, sparking a debate on freedom of expression in India. He is a founder member of Save Your Voice, a movement against internet censorship in India.

In January, a case of sedition was filed against him at the Beed district court. In another case before the Bombay HC, Trivedi has been charged with insulting India’s national symbols.

He has been awarded Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award for 2012 by CRNI.The Cartoonists Rights Network International urged the authorities in the world’s largest democracy to stand up for free speech and put an end to all the attempts to silence Aseem’s political speech. Dr. Robert Russell, Executive Director of CRNI, commented, "Aseem’s enemies either don’t know how to interpret symbols in editorial cartoons or are knowingly twisting the law to silence dissent in order to shield corrupt officials.

Many have opposed his arrest, even Press Council of india's Chairperson MarkandeyKatju said the arrest was a "serious criminal offence" and those responsible, politicians and police officers, should be tried and arrested.

The State Home Minister Maharashtra  RR Patil said there were no grounds for the police to take cartoonist Aseem Trivedi into custody.  

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    1. Aseem Trivedi was released on Bail

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, facing sedition charges, was on Tuesday granted bail by the Bombay high court and his associate said he will walk out of the Arthur Road jail on Wednesday. Trivedi will come out of jail on Wednesday at around 3 pm, India Against Corruption (IAC) member Mayank. http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Cartoonist-Aseem-Trivedi-may-walk-out-of-jail-today/Article1-928439.aspx

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's arrest illegal- Justice Markandey Katju

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju has defended Aseem Trivedi saying arresting a person who has not committed a crime is a crime in itself. He said, "In my opinion the cartoonist did nothing illegal. In a democracy many things are said, some truthful and others false. These are occupational hazards, and politicians, like judges, must learn to put up with them."

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Aseem remanded to Police Custody till September 16

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Trivedi was a produced in a Bandra holiday court today following which he was sent to police custody till September 16.The police have asked the National Broadcasters Association to restrict the broadcast of the cartoon

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Award Winning cartoonist Aseem Trivedi keeps his promise, held

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on Saturday surrendered to police at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) police station, where complaints had been filed against him for insulting the national emblem and other national symbols in his anti-corruption cartoons. The Kanpur-based cartoonist was arrested and will be produced in a Bandra Holiday court on Sunday 11am. The cartoonist, against whom several cases have been filed in the state and who is facing sedition charges, had on Thursday said he would surrender. more here http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/award-winning-cartoonist-aseem-trivedi-keeps-his-promise-held/

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. American political cartoonist Daryl Cagle for Aseem's Release

      Kamayani Bali-Mahabal
      Petition Organizer

      Cagle has been publicising the case of Kanpur cartoonist Aseem Trivedi who faces charges of insulting national symbols for publishing a series of cartoons against corruption. His cartoons portray the Sarnath capital as a pack of bloodthirsty hounds, the parliament as a toilet and the imminent gang rape of Mother India. Cagle has himself drawn the US Capitol building as a toilet. read more here http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/a-cartoonist-from-a-more-liberal-world-foe-sedition/

    10. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rupa Bajwa INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The answers should be self-evident. i am angry, this is wrong and undemocratic. He is an artist, not a criminal and as a people, together, we should refuse to be bullied.

    • Anik Sheth INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because Aseem is innocent!

    • Kanwar Singh INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We don't need defaulters to tell us that their act should be condemned in well mannered way.they need a kick to wake up.

    • Augustine Kurian TAMIL NADU, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      Its not important to me,but its very important for the country

      • about 2 years ago

      Freedom of Speech is one of the many fundamental rights granted to a citizen of India in the constitution. If we don not follow the constitution, what is the meaning of all the democracy that we flaunt around on the international platform?


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