Sankararaman murder: Video cassettes screened

Three more video cassettes were screened during an in-camera proceeding in a local court in Sankararaman murder case.

Puducherry: Three more video cassettes were
screened today during an in-camera proceeding in a local court
in Sankararaman murder case in which Kanchi seer Jayendra
Saraswati and his junior Vijendra are the main accused.

The screening of first batch of three video cassettes was
done yesterday before Principal District and Sessions Judge T
Ramasamy on a petition by Special Public Prosecutor N

The cassettes, which are "vital documents", were
collected by police during investigation into the case.

The Special Public Prosecutor and defence counsel were
only present during the in-camera proceeding for viewing the
cassettes. The court ordered screening of the remaining three
video and one audio cassette on August 17.

The date for commencement of arguments in the case will
be finalised after completion of screening of the cassettes at
the next hearing, Devadoss said.

Sankararaman, manager in Varadarajaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004. A total of 189 witnesses were
examined and cross-examined since commencement of the trial in
April 2009, of whom 87 had turned hostile.

Saraswati and Vijendra have been charged under IPC
sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder).

The trial was shifted to Puducherry from Chengalpattu
court on a directive of the Supreme Court in a writ petition
filed by Saraswati in October 2005.


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