MDMK leader Vaiko sentenced to one year jail in 2009 sedition case

A Chennai court has sentenced MDMK leader Vaiko to a jail term of one year in connection with a 2009 sedition speech case, news agency ANI reported. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. A case was filed against Vaiko in 2009 by the Tamil Nadu Police under Sections 124-A (sedition) and 153 -A (promoting enmity between different groups) of the IPC. Judge J Shanthi held him guilty of the offence of sedition announced the quantum of punishment. Vaiko was present in the court when the verdict was delivered. The politician said that he never sought any leniency. A petition was filed to suspend the conviction enabling an appeal against the order. Subsequently, the conviction and sentence were stayed for one month. Vaiko had in his Raja Annamalai Mandram speech in October warned Delhi against its war against banned outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. He had also praised LTTE chief Prabhakaran who was killed on May 19, 2009 in Sri Lankas Mullaitivu. The chargesheet in the case was filed by the police in December the same year, but Vaiko was not arrested. When the MDMK leaders passport application was rejected by the passport authority, he had surrendered before the XIV Metropolitan Magistrate. He was granted bail in 2017 and the case was transferred from the Egmore Magistrate court to Special court in Chennai Collectorate Complex. Vaiko was on Tuesday named the party