MDMK General Secretary Vaiko has been pronounced guilty on charges of sedition and sentenced to one year in jail by a special court in Chennai today. The case pertains to a speech he made in 2009 in support of the Sri Lanka-based separatist outfit LTTE.
Judge J Shanthi held the senior Tamil Nadu leader guilty of sedition under section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000. Vaiko, who was present in the court, said he never sought any leniency.A petition was filed to suspend the conviction enabling an appeal against the order. The conviction and sentence then stayed for a month.
A special court that exclusively hears cases against elected representatives found Vaiko guilty under IPC section 124 (a) that deals with sedition. He has been sentenced to undergo 1 year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000. The court allowed suspension of sentence.
After the judge read the judgement, Vaiko, walked towards the podium and shouted at the judge that he will “continue talking” and wants the maximum , severe punishment. “Unless there is venom in the mind of the judge such punishment would not have been given,” he said.
Vaiko’s party MDMK has proposed his name as candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls. It’s not clear whether the conviction would disqualify him from contesting the elections.