Three more prosecution witnesses turn hostile

Three more prosecution witnesses, including a woman, in the Sankararaman murder case turned hostile during the trial in a local court Thursday.

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2010, 14:15 PM IST

Puducherry: Three more prosecution witnesses,
including a woman, in the Sankararaman murder case, in which
Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior
Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused, turned hostile
during the trial in a local court Thursday.

Three of the seven witnesses examined by Public Prosecutor
N Devadoss before Principal District and Sessions Judge D
Krishnaraja contradicted their earlier statements made to the
police.

Of the 24 accused in the case, only seven were present.
The absentees included the seers who were charged under IPC
sections 120-B (conspiracy)and 302 (murder).

The Judge adjourned the hearing to tomorrow.

So far 95 witnesses have been examined since the
commencement of the trial here after the Supreme Court shifted
the case from Chengalpattu district court on a petition filed
by Jayendra Saraswathi in October 2005. Fifty-two witnesses
have turned hostile.

Sankararaman, Manager of Varadaraja Perumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was murdered in the temple premises on September
3, 2004.

PTI