Puducherry: One more prosecution witness
turned hostile on Friday during trial in the Sankararaman murder
case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and
his junior Jayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.
When hearing in the case resumed before the Principal
District and sessions Judge T Ramaswamy, only eight of the 24
accused were present. The absentees included the two seers.
Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss who examined the
witness, a former Village Administrative Officer, declared him
hostile as he contradicted earlier statements.
He also examined another prosecution witness former Police
Inspector in Kancheepuram, since retired as Deputy
Superintendent of Police).
The judge then adjourned the case to March 7, saying it
would be held for five days in a row from that date.
Of the 167 witnesses examined so far since commencement of
the trial two years ago, as many as 76 have turned hostile.
Sankararaman, Manager of the Varadararjaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004.
The two seers had been accused of hatching a conspiracy to
The trial was shifted to Puducherry from Chengalpattu
district court on Supreme Court`s order in October 2005.