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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

Vaiko charged for his seditious speech

Chennai, 11 April, ( The Chennai City police have registered a sedition case against MDMK General Secretary V. Gopalasawmy (Vaiko) for his speech warning that India would not remain one country, if the war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka was not stopped.

In the meantime MDMK leader warning of a "bloodbath" in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lankan Tamil tangle has brought out fissures in the AIADMK-led Third Front with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) demanding an explanation from him.

The Chennai City police have registered the case against Vaiko under 13 (1) b of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2004 (advocating, abetting, advising or inciting the commission of any unlawful activity) and also under Section 124 -A and Section 505 (1) (b) of the Indian Penal Code.

Section 124-A relates to sedition (attempting to bring into hatred or contempt or exciting or attempting to excite disaffection towards the Government established by law in India).

Section 505 (1) (b) relates to statements conducing to public mischief (making statement with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility).

Earlier, Janata Party President Dr. Subramanian Swamy has demanded for the immediate detention of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) General Secretary V. Gopalasawmy under the National Security Act (NSA) for his statement warning of a bloodbath in Tamil Nadu if the slightest harm befell LTTE Leader V. Prabakaran.

Earlier in a statement, Dr. Swamy said Mr. Vaiko’s speech at a meeting in Chennai on Wednesday was "highly objectionable, anti-national, and deserving [of] strict action under the law."

A senior police officer said that Mr. Vaiko had not only spoken in support of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, he had also eulogised its leader V. Prabakaran, a proclaimed offender in India. Besides, he had spoken against national unity, integrity and sovereignty.

"We obtained legal opinion before registering the case," he added.
Given below the full text of the press statement released by Dr. Subramanian Swamy:

"The speech given by MDMK leader Vaiko at a public meeting yesterday in Chennai is highly objectionable, anti-national, and deserving strict action under the law. Mr.Varun Gandhi was sent to prison under the NSA for a speech inciting communal passions. By that criterion, Vaiko’s speech threatening "rivers of blood" in Tamil Nadu followed by secession of the State, if that militarily defeated, murderer, terrorist and foreigner V.Prabhakaran who is a Proclaimed Offender in India for having ordered the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, is in anyway harmed by the Sri Lankan army in Sri Lanka, is extraordinary incitement to violence and disloyalty to the nation.

This is the most traitorous and offensive statement by any person claiming to be an Indian. Hence I demand that Chief Minister Mr.Karunanidhi wake from his slumber and shake off his attitude of gross permissiveness, and put Vaiko in prison under the NSA. Otherwise the Centre should act by giving a direction to Tamil Nadu Government under Article 355 of the Constitution. “

- Asian Tribune -

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