Folk artist arrested for sedition on singing insulting song

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Chennai, Oct 30 (ANI): A folk singer has been arrested by the Chennai police for making a song in which he criticised the Tamil Nadu government for the alcoholism in the state, with the police booking him for sedition for using alleged derogatory remarks against AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in the lyrics. Folk artist and activist Kovan was picked up by the police after he had recently released a song on alcoholism in the state, blaming the Jayalalithaa government for the same, said News Minute. The Chennai police and lawyer representing Kovan, Gym Raj Milton, have said that Kovan has been arrested under 124A (sedition), 153 (attempt to create enmity between social groups) and 502/1 (sale any printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter) by the Chennai city crime branch police. Milton said Kovan just exercised his right to freedom of expression.

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