Chennai, July 5 : MDMK General Secretary Vaiko was convicted and sentenced to undergo one year imprisonment by a Special Court in the 2009 sedition case.A Special Court trying criminal cases against elected MPs and MLAs found Mr Vaiko guilty under Section 124(A) (sedition) of the IPC and awarded one year jail term to him. Judge J Shanthi also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Mr Vaiko, who is the MDMK candidate for the July 18 Rajya Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu.
The Judge later suspended the operation of the sentence and granted one month time to Mr Vaiko to appeal against the sentence. Later, on a petition filed by him, the court granted bail to Mr Vaiko.
Mr Vaiko was slapped with a sedition case by the then DMK regime after he made some remarks during the launch of his book 'I am making the accusation'.Cases under sections 124 (a) (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, place of birth, residence, language) of IPC were slapped against him for supporting the banned LTTE. Talking to reporters outside the court after the verdict Vaiko said 'today is the happiest day in my life.'
He said he did not deny the charges and the court gave its verdict. Asserting that he would continue to support the LTTE, Mr Vaiko denied that he had asked for lenient punishment.“I told the judge that I had not asked lenient punishment. I will continue to support LTTE. Even if it is a life sentence I will be happy,” he added. Meanwhile, legal experts said that the conviction would not come in any way from Mr Vaiko contesting the Rajya Sabha elections.(UNI)