MDMK chief Vaiko was on Friday sentenced to one year in jail by a special court in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai in connection with a sedition case filed against him in 2009 by the DMK government in the southern state.Judge J Shanthi held the senior Tamil Nadu leader guilty of sedition under section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000.Also read: Budget 2019 Live – ‘Will consider opening up FDI in aviation, media’, says Nirmala SitharamanVaiko, who 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.Police had registered a case under section 124(A) against Vaiko for the speech he made while releasing his book Naan Kutram Sattugiren or I am Making the Accusation) in 2009.
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Jul 05, 2019 11:01 IST