Hanumant Upre, who had filed a case against Kanpur-based cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in Beed district for insulting national symbols, criticised the Maharashtra government’s decision to drop the charge of sedition.

“By removing Section 124 (A) on sedition, the State is acting in cahoots with Mr. Trivedi,” he said.

On Friday, the government told the Bombay High Court that it had decided to revoke the invocation of the Indian Penal Code section after seeking legal advice. The State also plans to issue circulars to police stations stipulating guidelines for invoking the charge of sedition.

Comparing the hounding out of celebrated artist, the late M.F. Hussain, with the support received by Mr. Trivedi, Mr. Upre asked if there were different laws for “upper caste Hindus.”

‘Expel him from

TV show’

The Republican Party of India (Athawale) has demanded that Mr. Trivedi’s expulsion from the popular reality television show, Bigg Boss, claiming the cartoonist had hurt the sentiments of the Dalits with his cartoons.