Puducherry: Three more prosecution witnesses
on Saturday turned hostile during the trial of Sankararaman murder
case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi is the
So far 185 witnesses have been examined since the
commencement of the trial here about two years ago and of them
80 have turned hostile.
When the case came up before Principal District and
Sessions Judge K.Ramswamy, Special Public Prosecutor N
Devadoss examined the witnesses and declared three of them as
hostile after they contradicted their earlier statements.
Sankararaman the manager in the Varadarajaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram was allegedly murdered on the premises of the
temple on September 3, 2004. The Sankaracharya and his deputy
Vijayendra Saraswathi have been charged with conspiracy in
eliminating Sankararaman out of personal enmity.
Of the 24 accused, only four were present during the
hearing today and the absentees included the two seers.
The Judge adjourned further hearing in the case to April
The Special Public Prosecutor told PTI that five more
witnesses would be examined at the next hearing.
The case was shifted to Puducherry by the Supreme Court on
a petition by the Sankaracharya.