Puducherry: Four more prosecution witnesses in the Sankararaman murder case in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswthi are
the main accused, turned hostile today during the trial in a local court.
Four of the five witnesses examined by Special 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 ten were present. The absentees included the two seers who are charged under IPC sections 120-B (conspiracy) and 302 (murder).
The Judge adjourned the hearing to June 17 and 18.
Eighty-eight witnesses have been examined since the commencement of the trial here after the Supreme Court shifted the case from the Chengalpattu district court on a petition
filed by Jayendra Saraswathi in October 2005. Forty-nine of the witnesses have turned hostile.
Sankararaman, Manager of Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram, was murdered in the temple premises on September 3, 2004.