SIT to probe cartoonist Trivedi case

Mumbai Police have formed a special investigation team headed by an Assistant Police Commissioner to probe the case of political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and review sedition charges slapped on him.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:September 14, 2012 1:39 am

Mumbai Police have formed a special investigation team (SIT) headed by an Assistant Police Commissioner to probe the case of political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi and review sedition charges slapped on him.

“The case has been handed over to SIT headed by ACP G T Padwal. Earlier,the case was probed by Bandra-Kurla Police station where it was registered. Going by the importance of the case,it was transferred to an ACP-level officer,” Deputy Police Commissioner Namdev Chavan said on Thursday.

Another senior police officer said SIT would review the sedition charge against the Kanpur-based artist and submit a report to the Maharashtra government. Padwal was being assisted by two inspectors,two sub-inspectors,an assistant inspector and six constables,the officer said.

SIT was collecting all evidence from Bandra-Kurla Police station,the officer said.Trivedi walked out of jail on Wednesday,a day after the Bombay High Court ordered his release on bail. The cartoonist vowed to intensify his campaign for scrapping the sedition law.

The 25-year-old freelancer,arrested for posting allegedly seditious content on his website and insulting the national emblem and Parliament,was remanded in judicial custody on Monday till September 24.

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