India, June 13 -- The state-run Kerala Lalithakala Akademi on Wednesday decided to withdraw an award given to a cartoon after the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) expressed serious reservations, saying it depicted religious symbols in poor light and insulted priests.

In the annual cartoon contest, the first prize was won by K K Subash who works with a vernacular magazine. His cartoon criticised former bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun. The KCBC said the cartoon was "very offensive" and portrayed priesthood in bad light.

In a statement, KCBC said the cartoon was abominable and asked the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front government whether it was taking 'revenge' on the community after it lost all bu...