More witnesses turn hostile in Sankararaman murder case
Puducherry: Four more witnesses turned
hostile on Thursday during their examination in a court here in the
trial of Sankararaman murder case in which Kanchi
Sankaracharyas Jayendra Saraswathi and his deputy Vijayendra
Saraswathi are the prime accused.
A total of nine witnesses were examined by Special Public
Prosecutor N Devadoss in the court of Principal District and
Sessions Judge D Krishnaraja.
Four of them were treated hostile as they contradicted
the statements they had made in their deposition before the
police and a Kancheepuram court in Tamilnadu earlier.
Of the 32 witnesses examined so far, eleven witnesses
have turned hostile during examination or cross-examination.
Sankararaman, the Manager of the Sri Varadarajaperumal
temple in Kancheepuram, was murdered on September 3, 2004 by a
group of persons allegedly at the behest of the Sankaracharya.
The two seers have been charged under sections 120-B
(conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of Indian Penal code.
The Judge adjourned the trial to January 20, 2010 when
nine more witnesses would be examined. He also fixed January
21 for hearing approver in the case Ravi Subramaniam.
Of the 24 accused, only ten were present at the court
today. The two seers were among the absentees.
The trial was transferred to the Puducherry court in
October 2005 on the orders of the Supreme Court on a petition
by Jayendra Saraswathi.
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