One more witness turns hostile in Sankararaman murder case

Puducherry: One more prosecution witness on Monday turned hostile during the trial of Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi is the prime accused.

So far 187 witnesses have been examined since the commencement of the trial here about two years ago and of them 81 have turned hostile.

When the case came up before Principal District and Sessions Judge K Ramswamy, Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss examined the witness and declared him hostile after he contradicted his 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 junior Vijayendra Saraswathi have been charged under sections 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of IPC.

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 June 6.

The case was shifted to Puducherry by the Supreme Court on a petition by the Sankaracharya in 2005.