Tamil Nadu court sentences MDMK chief Vaiko to 1 year jail term in sedition case


Chennai, July 5: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko has been sentenced to a one year jail term and fined Rs 10,000 by a Chennai Court in a 2009 seditious speech case.

The MDMK leader had, on July 15, 2009, participated in a function organised in Chennai to release the Tamil translation of his book ‘I accuse’ — a compilation of letters written by him to the then Prime Minister about the Central Government’s aid to Sri Lanka during Eelam War IV.
He allegedly criticised the Central and State Governments and accused them of abetting the genocide in the island nation.

Taking cognisance of his speech, the police registered cases against him under Section 124(A) (Sedition) and Section 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) of the Indian Penal Code.

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