Support pours in for cartoonist Bala after Tamil Nadu Govt. arrests him

Updated:11 months, 2 weeks ago IST

Mathura/New Delhi, Nov 06 (ANI): Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has come heavily on the Government in connection to the arrest of another cartoonist Bala. Criticising the Tamil Nadu Government’s move, Trivedi questioned the existence of democracy and freedom of speech. Echoing similar sentiments, senior Tamil journalist S. Venkatraman demanded Bala’s immediate release. "I condemn Bala's arrest by the chief minister and other civil servants. He has every right to condemn these people because they have done nothing to save a family,” he asserted. Following a defamation case, the Tamil Nadu Police arrested cartoonist Bala in connection with a caricature that allegedly depicted Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in a distasteful manner. In the caricature, Palaniswami, state Governor and police commissioner were allegedly portrayed wearing nothing and covering their private parts with money, while a baby burns in front of them.

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