New Delhi: Congress on Monday disapproved of the arrest of cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on the charge of sedition saying the action was a bit "over-stretched" and "not called for".
At the same time, the AICC advocated for "reasonable restrictions" on freedom of speech and called for respecting the national emblems.
The remarks by the AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari came as the party-led government in Maharashtra said it was trying to seek the release of the artist who has been charged with sedition.
"I have no hesitation in saying that the arrest is a bit too far over-stretched...Over reaction is certainly not called for...We are not in favour of arrest," Tewari told reporters at the AICC briefing.
While noting that "a society, which fails to laugh at itself, runs the risk of getting atrophied, he at the same time posed the question "does freedom of speech mean doing everything is fair deal?”