Vaiko acquitted in sedition case

Vaiko acquitted in sedition case

A court in Chennai has acquitted Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko in a sedition case.

It held him not guilty of supporting the banned terror outfit LTTE in a case dating back to 2008.

Pronouncing the judgement in a packed court hall, the sessions judge said the charges against Vaiko were not proved.

The Q branch police had registered a complaint against Vaiko on charges of sedition under Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC and the relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for his speech at Raja Annamalai Mandram in Parry’s here on October 21, 2008.

He was delivering a speech titled “Eezhathil Nadapathenna” (What is happening in Eelam?). In the speech, Vaiko allegedly spoke in support of banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Vaiko was arrested two days after making the speech. He was released on November 6.

“Finally, no charges against the accused under Section 124 A IPC (Sedition) and 13 (1) (b) of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (supporting unlawful activity) are proved,” Third Additional Sessions Judge said pronouncing the judgment.

“This court acquits the accused,” the judge said in a jam packed court hall, where the pro-Tamil leader had appeared along with as battery of lawyers minutes before the ruling was read out.