Puducherry: A local court on Friday agreed to
view the video cassettes collected during investigation into
the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi seer Jayendra
Saraswati and his junior Vijendra Saraswati are main accused.
Principal District and Sessions Judge T Ramaswamy fixed
August 11 and 12 for "in camera" proceedings when the
cassettes will be viewed after Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss
filed a petition in this regard when hearing resumed today.
Devadoss said the audio and video cassettes had been
marked as `vital documents`.
Arguments in the case would commence after August 12, he
Sankararman, the manager in Varadarajaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004.
Only eight of the 24 accused were present in court today.
The absentees included the two seers.
A total of 189 witnesses were examined and cross examined
since start of the trial in April 2009, of whom 81 turned
Questioning of all accused including the two seers was
also carried out in batches between July 18 and 23. All of
them had alleged that a false case had been foisted against
The two seers have been charged under IPC sections of
120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder).
The trial was shifted to Puducherry from Chengalpattu
court on a directive of the Supreme Court following a writ
petition filed before it by Jayendra Saraswathi in October