The editor of The Statesman, Ravindra Kumar, and the publisher Anand Sinha were arrested following a complaint against the paper for publishing a provocative article in the newspaper.
There were large-scale protests in Kolkata against the newspaper for publishing the article. The protests had forced police to cane charge the demonstrators. On the complaint of Jamat-e-Islami, the police registered a case of insulting and hurting religious feelings of Muslims.
The organisations said that the sexual references to holy figures in the article were clearly written with malicious intent and the publication showed insensitivity and recklessness of the local Kolkata paper.
The police booked the two persons. They were detained and soon after released on bail. The editor regretted the publication and issued an apology. He said that it was an error of editorial judgment to reprint the article that was published in the Independent (UK) earlier.