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Sep 10, 2012 at 08:34pm IST

Free cartoonist Aseem, arrest policemen: Justice Markandey Katju

New Delhi: Press Council of India chairman, Justice Markandey Katju, has come out strongly in favour of Aseem Trivedi, the cartoonist who has been arrested on sedition charge for mocking Parliament and the National Emblem.

Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Justice Katju said that Aseem is not a criminal and has been wrongly confined.

Hitting out at the police for acting against the cartoonist, the PCI chairman said that the policemen who arrested Aseem must be arrested while he must be freed.

Terming the move as a violation of the Freedom of Speech and Expression, Justice Katju attacked the political class saying, "The Netas are becoming Nazis. They must quit if they can't take criticism."

The PCI chief also took the opportunity to hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had recently acted against a professor over a cartoon, saying the Trinamool Congress chief "acted as a tyrant".