Chennai, July 13: Newly elected Rajya Sabha MP and MDMK General Secretary Vaiko on Saturday filed a petition in the Madras High Court against his conviction in a 2009 sedition case.
Vaiko moved the High Court a week after the Special Court awarded him one year jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. The petition was likely to come up for hearing on Monday.In his plea, Vaiko contended that his conviction by the trial court was perverse in that reliance were made on the facts which were not proved by any evidence or even by materials produced before the court, but based on personal view of the Special Judge.
The Special Court trying criminal cases against elected MPs and MLAs had on July five found Mr Vaiko guilty under Section 124(A) (sedition) of the IPC and awarded one year jail term.Judge J Shanthi also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Mr Vaiko.
The Judge later suspended the operation of the sentence and granted one month time to Mr Vaiko to appeal against the sentence. 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 accuse you'.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 outlawed LTTE. (UNI)