13 Oct 2012

Sedition charge dropped against cartoonist

11:31 am on 13 October 2012

Prosecutors in India have dropped sedition charges against cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, whose online works include the national parliament depicted as a huge toilet bowl.

He was detained in Mumbai early last month before being released four days later on bail after an outcry from campaigners.

"The sedition charges have been dropped but the other charges continue," lawyer Vijay Hiremath told AFP on Friday.

Trivedi, 25, still faces charges under section 66A of the Information Technology Act and section two of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act.

AAP reports that earlier this year he established Save Your Voice, a group lobbying against internet censorship. He is also a supporter of India Against Corruption, an anti-graft campaign lead by Anna Hazare.

Trivedi told AFP last week that the case had not deterred him from his political drawings.

"I will keep on with my campaign against corruption, my cartoons and my art," he said.