Veteran Tamil Nadu politician V. Gopalaswamy, popularly known as Vaiko, was sentenced to a year in jail by a special court in Chennai on Friday (5 July) on charges of sedition.
According to Indian media reports, the court also stayed the execution of the sentence for a month on Vaiko’s application.
The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) General Secretary was accused of undermining India’s sovereignty making remarks supportive of Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) in a speech he had made in 2009 at the launch of his book Naan Kuttram Saatugiren… (I Accuse…).
“India will not remain one country if the war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka is not stopped,” Indian media reported Vaiko as saying said during the launch of his book “, Indian media quoted him as saying at the event 10 years ago.
The case against Vaiko was filed at the time by the rival Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which earlier this week had named him a Rajya Sabha candidate for its alliance in Tamil Nadu.