Tamil Nadu court to Judge Vaiko gets one year jail, MDMK chief Vaiko to 1 year in prison term in 2009 sedition case. MDMK general secretary Vaiko was on Friday convicted of sedition by a special court in Chennai for a speech he made in 2009 against the Union government and sentenced him to one year imprisonment. It also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
The Honorable Judge J Shanthi held the senior Tamil Nadu leader guilty of sedition under section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Judge, however, suspended the sentence to enable him to prefer an appeal before the Madras High Court. Vaiko 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.
The MDMK president had given a speech that was called seditious by most during the book launch in Chennai. The speech was in support of LTTE at a time when civil war in Sri Lanka was at its peak. Vaiko is one of the nominated Rajya Sabha MPs from Tamil Nadu and is due for polls on July 18th.