The MDMK chief refused to give a bail bond.

Vaiko surrenders in sedition case goes to Puzhal jail for 15 days for supporting LTTEFile Picture.
news Politics Monday, April 03, 2017 - 15:07

MDMK Chief Vaiko surrendered at a metropolitan magistrate court in Chennai on Monday, in a 2009 sedition case, and refused to apply for bail. The MDMK leader, whose passport has been seized, told media persons that he surrendered in the Section 124(A) (sedition) case to put pressure on the Chennai police to start a trial in the case.

The metropolitan magistrate court in Tamil Nadu sent Vaiko to 15 days judicial custody in the case which was first filed in 2009, in relation to the release of his book called ‘Naan Kutram Sattugiren’ (I accuse you). The book was a compilation of letters written by Vaiko to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

According to A Subramani of The Times of India, the Thousands Lights police filed a case against him for seditious speech, and a chargesheet was filed in the case in 2010. But since then, there has been no trial.

Vaiko was also slapped with another sedition case, in which he was acquitted. He allegedly spoke against the government of India and supported the LTTE in the last stage of the Sri Lanka civil war in 2008, during a public meeting in 2008, titled “Elangaiyail Nadapathu Enna?” (What’s happening in Sri Lanka?). He reportedly spoke against the Union government for aiding Sri Lanka.

The Q branch of the Chennai police had filed a sedition case against Vaiko in 2009, reportedly for saying in his speech that “India would not remain one country if the war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka was not stopped.”

However, a sessions court in Chennai had acquitted Vaiko in the case in October 2016. The Third Additional Sessions Judge said that “the prosecution has failed to prove the charges against Mr. Vaiko beyond reasonable doubt.”

Vaiko was also convicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) in 2002, for pro-LTTE speeches, and spent 18 months in jail.

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