Vaiko granted bail in case over India-Sri Lanka comments

Senior Tamil Nadu politician and leader of the MDMK party Vaiko has been granted bail in a sedition case. A sessions court in Chennai granted bail to the leader after he moved an application seeking bail on Wednesday, One India reports.

Vaiko had surrendered before the court in April in protest and refused to seek bail. The trial in the 2009 case is yet to begin and the MDMK leader condemned the delay and protested by surrendering.

A sedition case was registered against the MDMK leader Vaiko in 2009 by the Chennai police for his speech warning that India would not remain a united single country if the war against banned outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Sri Lanka was not stopped.

His comments were made during the release of his book, ‘Naan Kutram Sattugiren’ (I am Making the Accusation), in 2009. While the chargesheet was filed in 2010, trial in the case is yet to begin.

A first information report was filed under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against Vaiko, who had also been slapped with charges of inciting people to indulge in violence in 2009.

A staunch supporter of the LTTE, Vaiko had made inciteful statements warning that ‘bloodbath’ would take place in Tamil Nadu if anything happened to the then LTTE leader V Prabhakaran.

He had also said there was nothing wrong with youth taking to arms and joining the LTTE in its fight against the Sri Lankan army.