Two more prosecution witnesses examined in Sankararaman case

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 13:05

Puducherry: Two more prosecution witnesses
were examined in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi
Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Jayendra
Saraswathi are the main accused.

Of the 24 accused, only six were present when the hearing
resumed before the Principal District and Sessions Judge
T Ramaswamy.

The absentees included the two seers, who have been charged
under IPC Sections 120B (Criminal conspiracy) and 302
(murder).

Special Public Prosecutor N Devaodss examined the
witnesses.

He said later that although five witnesses were
summoned and present in the court only two were examined.
Examination of the other three witnesses was dispensed with
as their higher authorities had already examined them and
recorded their evidence, he said.

Sankararaman, manager of the Varadararjaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004.

A total of 156 prosecution witnesses have been examined
since the commencement of the trial two years ago here and 75
have turned hostile.

The trial was shifted to Puducherry court from
Chengalpattu district court on the Supreme Court`s order in
October 2005 following a petition filed by the Kanchi seer
Jayendra Saraswathi.

Further hearing would take place tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 13:05

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