Proceedings in Sankararaman murder case adjourned

Further proceedings in Sankararaman murder case adjourned as the petition filed widow of Sankararaman in the Madras High court is pending disposal.

Puducherry: A local court on Wednesday adjourned further proceedings to April 27 in the Sankararaman murder case in which the seers of Kanchi Mutt Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi are the prime accused.

Principal District and Sessions Judge CS Murugan adjourned the proceedings to April 27 as the petition filed by Padma, widow of Sankararaman, in the Madras High court seeking directions to the court here to consider her petitions seeking police protection to her family and re-examination of herself, her son and daughter in the case, is pending disposal.

Padma said that she felt re-examination in the case was necessary as herself and her family members had been `threatened` in the court premises here on August 6, 2009 by some persons while she was being taken to depose as a witness and told to give false evidence.

Padma`s son Anand Kumar Sharma and daughter Uma Maitreyi had also deposed in the court then as witnesses.

Sankarararman, Manager in the Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the temple on September 3, 2004.
Jayendra and Vijayendra have been charged under IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder).
The trial was shifted to Puducherry court from Chengalpattu in Tamil Nadu by an October 2005 Supreme Court order on a petition filed by Jayendra.

The two seers were exempted from personal appearance in the case.