Soon after getting bail by the Tirunelveli District Court, cartoonist Bala categorically stated that he would continue to highlight the inefficiency of the government through his cartoons.
"I did not commit a murder, so I have no regrets. I will continue to highlight the inefficiency of the government through my cartoon. I will continue; won't stop," Bala told reporters here.
Earlier in the day, the Tirunelveli District Court had granted bail to the cartoonist, after he was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police from Tirunelveli on Sunday. He got an early bail also because a national outrage mounted against the law and order agencies.
A defamatory case was registered against him for allegedly portraying the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy in a distasteful manner. Bala had allegedly portrayed the chief minister, the state's collector and the police commissioner wearing nothing and covering their private parts with money, while a baby burns in front of them. The caricature allegedly portrayed a recent incident, where a couple and their two children self- immolated at the collectorate, alleging police inaction on a usury complaint.
Angered by the move to arrest Bala, journalists across Chennai planned a protest in a show of solidarity to the cartoonist.
(With ANI Inputs)