Puducherry: One more witness turned hostile
during the trial in the Sankararaman murder case on Monday in
which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and junior
acharya Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.
A total of five witnesses were examined today when the
trial resumed before the Principal District and Sessions Judge
K Ramasamy. When one of the witnesses examined contradicted
the statements he had given earlier before the police in
Kancheepuram, the Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss
declared him as `hostile`.
Of the 142 witnesses examined so far since the
commencement of the trial here two years ago, as many as 73
witnesses have turned hostile. The case was transferred to
Puducherry from Tamil Nadu in 2005.
The case was shifted to Puducherry court from
Chengalpattu district court by an order of the Supreme Court
on a petition filed by Jayendra Saraswati.
Of the 24 accused only six were present during the trial
today and the absentees included the two seers.
The judge adjourned the hearing to tomorrow. Around ten
more witnesses would be examined during the hearing tomorrow,
Devadosss said to a news agency.
Sankararaman, manager of the Varadararjaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004.