Aseem Trivedi, the young cartoonist from Kanpur, who had been booked by the Mumbai police over allegedly depicting the Parliament in poor light (as a commode) has been set free. After the nationwide outcry against his unjustified arrest, pressure had been mounting for his release. Though the British-time draconian sedition charge may be dropped, the charges of disrespecting the symbols of national honour will stay. During his custody, he had refused to ask for bail in protest against the charges of sedition (working against the State). The court said in its order that if the cartoon was the only thing he had done, he was no longer required to be in jail.
The incident had sparked off a debate on the right to speech and expression in a liberal democracy. His arrest had been criticized strongly by the civil society members including Arvind Kejriwal and Markanday Katju, an ex-Judge of the Supreme Court and even Raj Thackeray of the Shiv Sena.