Puducherry: Cross-examination of witnesses
in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi mutt seer
Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi are
the main accused, commenced here on Tuesday.
Out of the 24 accused in the case, 20 were present when
the hearing came up before the Principal and District Sessions
Judge of Puducherry D Krishnaraja.
The absentees included the two seers -- Jayendra
Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi -- who had been charged
under sections 120-B (conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of Indian
Defence counsel K S Dinakaran appearing for Jayendra
Saraswathi cross-examined Padma (wife of Sankararaman), Uma
Maitreyi (his daughter) Anand Kumar Sharma (son) and N S
Ganesh (accountant in the temple).
Sankararaman, the manager of the Varadarajaperumal
temple in Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered in the temple
premises on September three, 2004.
Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss later told
reporters that cross-examination of five witnesses - K
Duraikannu, Gajapathay, Atchudan, Kumar and Kuppuswamy - would
be held tomorrow.