Vaiko sentenced to one-year in jail for pro-LTTE speech

Tamil Nadu politician and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko was convicted in a sedition case of 2009 on Friday, and was sentenced to one year in jail by a special court in Chennai, India Today reported.

Judge J Shanthi held him guilty of the offence of sedition.

Vaiko, who was present in the court, said he never sought any leniency.

Vaiko had given a seditious speech during a book launch in Chennai at a time when the Sri Lankan civil war was at its peak, and his speech was in support of LTTE.

A petition was filed to suspend the conviction enabling an appeal against the order. Subsequently, the conviction and sentence stayed for one month.

Police had registered a case under section 124(A) of IPC (sedition) against Vaiko for the speech he made while releasing his book “Naan Kutram Sattugiren,”(I am Making the Accusation) in 2009.

Interestingly, he is one of the nominated Rajya Sabha candidates from Tamil Nadu for the polls on July 18.

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