India Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi To Be Released

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An anti-corruption cartoonist in India, who has been granted bail after being held on sedition charges, is expected to be freed on Wednesday.

The arrest of Aseem Trivedi, a freelance cartoonist and anti-graft campaigner, sparked a backlash against the government

An anti-corruption cartoonist in India, who has been granted bail after being held on sedition charges, is expected to be freed on Wednesday.

The Bombay High Court had said that Aseem Trivedi could be released if he paid 5,000 rupees ($90;£67).

Mr Trivedi had earlier refused bail until the charges of sedition were dropped, but reports say he has since agreed to go ahead with it.

He was arrested over cartoons alleged to have mocked India's constitution.

Mr Trivedi was remanded in custody until 24 September when he appeared in court on Monday, two days after his arrest.

The court granted him bail on Tuesday after an application from a member of the public.

Many Indians see his arrest as an attack on freedom of expression. The cartoonist has been participating in the anti-corruption movement led by campaigner Anna Hazare.

Reports suggested Mr Trivedi had agreed to accept bail late on Tuesday.

"I respect the judiciary [and] will execute the bail bond tomorrow," he was quoted as saying by the CNN-IBN channel.

Separately, anti-corruption campaigners have said they will begin a protest if the charges of sedition are not dropped.

In one of a series of cartoons, the customary three lions in India's national emblem are replaced with three wolves, their teeth dripping blood, with the message "Long live corruption" written underneath.

Another cartoon depicts the Indian parliament as a giant toilet bowl.

Government officials say that while they are in favour of free speech, there is a thin line between that and insulting national symbols, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi reports.