Founder and General Secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Vaiko was detained at the Kuala Lumpur Airport on Friday morning, reported Times Now. The MDMK chief who is a popular political face in Tamil Nadu was reportedly travelling to Malaysia to attend a marriage but was denied entry into the country. The report added that Vaiko was detained because of his links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The 73-year-old leader was then questioned for several hours and will be sent back to India tonight at around 10:45 PM.
The incident took place just two weeks after the MDMK founder was granted bail in a sedition case of 2009. Vaiko was sent to jail in April, this year and was released on May 24. Police had registered a case under IPC sections 124 (sedition) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, place of birth, residence, language) against Vaiko for a speech he had given while releasing his book, ‘Naan Kutram Sattugiren’ (I am Making the Accusation), in 2009.
#WATCH: MDMK Chief Vaiko denied entry into Malaysia, detained at Kuala Lumpur Airport for his links to LTTE pic.twitter.com/4zY9zx9zwA
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Further development took place in the case when a charge-sheet was filed in 2010. Even though the trial was yet to begin, on April 3 this year, Vaiko had appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate S Gopinathan and filed a surrender petition. Back then, he had refused to apply for a bail even though the magistrate had offered to release him, reported PTI. So, he was remanded in judicial custody.
Soon after his release, Vaiko had said his time in jail was spent in self-introspection. Speaking about speculation around superstar Rajinikanth joining politics, he had said he doesn’t know what the superstar actor’s agenda is, but added that everyone is welcome. There is no political vacuum in Tamil Nadu,’ Vaiko went on to assert when asked about the current political crisis within the ruling AIADMK.