Sankararaman murder: Video cassettes screened
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 00:10
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 Devadoss.

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.


First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 00:10

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