MDMK leader Vaiko detained at Kuala Lumpur Airport, questioned

Vaiko

MDMK leader Vaiko (PHOTO: Facebook)

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko was on Friday denied entry into Malaysia and stopped at Kuala Lumpur Airport, according to reports.

He was questioned for several hours on his alleged links with LTTE. Vaiko was invited by Malaysian state Penang's deputy CM Ramasamy Palanisamy to attend his daughter’s wedding on 10 June.

According to reports, a court in Chennai had on 24 May granted bail to Vaiko, who had been in jail since 3 April in a 2009 sedition case.

In 2009, Chennai 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 his comment regarding the banned outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), when he said that India would not remain a single country if the war against LTTE in Sri Lanka was not stopped.

In the past, he had been a supporter of LTTE’s operations in Sri Lanka. The MDMK leader had warned that a bloodbath would occur in Tamil Nadu if anything happened to the then LTTE leader V Prabhakaran, and added that there was nothing wrong in the youth of the state taking up arms and joining the Tamil Tigers in its fight against the Sri Lankan army.

(With inputs from agencies)