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Cartoonist Trivedi comes out of jail

Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, charged with sedition, walked out of jail on Wednesday, a day after he was granted bail. The case against the India Against Corruption (IAC) activist had sparked outrage in the country.

'This fight, my fight, does not end here. We will continue to fight this battle till the sedition charges under Section 124A (of the Indian Penal Code) are dropped,' Trivedi said soon after he came out of the Arthur Road prison where he was lodged.

'We will continue to fight this battle for freedom of expression,' he said. 

Around 50 people, including key IAC activists like Mayank Gandhi were present outside the prison to receive the 25-year-old cartoonist. 

IAC members shouted slogans for around 10 minutes and brought out a small procession after they received Trivedi.

The area around the jail saw heavy security in view of the sensitive situation; 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab is also lodged in the same prison. Trivedi later thanked the media for supporting him in his fight. In a brief impromptu address to the press, Trivedi said he was grateful for all those people who supported him in his fight to have the sedition charges dropped.

Responding to a question on why he had initially refused bail, Trivedi said he wanted the government to first drop the sedition charges against him. 

'I did not want to send out a message that I am not cooperating, but I also wanted the government to accept that it made a mistake by charging me with sedition. That was why I first refused bail,' he said.

'However, I am not an uncooperative person, and after the IAC members talked me into it, I accepted bail,' he said. 
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