One more prosecution witness turns hostile in Sankararaman case
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Last Updated: Friday, February 25, 2011, 16:23
Puducherry: One more prosecution witness turned hostile on Friday during trial in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Jayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.

When hearing in the case resumed before the Principal District and sessions Judge T Ramaswamy, only eight of the 24 accused were present. The absentees included the two seers.

Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss who examined the witness, a former Village Administrative Officer, declared him hostile as he contradicted earlier statements.

He also examined another prosecution witness former Police Inspector in Kancheepuram, since retired as Deputy Superintendent of Police).

The judge then adjourned the case to March 7, saying it would be held for five days in a row from that date.

Of the 167 witnesses examined so far since commencement of the trial two years ago, as many as 76 have turned hostile.

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

The two seers had been accused of hatching a conspiracy to murder Sankararaman.

The trial was shifted to Puducherry from Chengalpattu district court on Supreme Court's order in October 2005.


First Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 16:23

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