In the FIR police charged Vaiko with sedition and under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The MDMK chief is accused of making a comment that could create fear or incite violence in the country.
Vaiko earlier justified his speech by saying that he only warned the government of a situation that might emerge due to anger and agitation among the people if the Sri Lankan Tamil problem was not solved. He said that a separate eelam for Sri Lankan Tamils alone could end the ethnic strife in the island.
Under the UAPA a person maybe be denied bail if the court believes that, based on the evidence so far, the accusations against him are prima facie true. He may also get 5 years imprisonment or even a life sentence.
What is Sedition?
Sedition is officially defined as an attempt to bring hatred or contempt, or exciting or attempting to excite, disaffection towards the Government. Sedition is a non-bailable offence. It carries a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of life sentence.