Sankararaman murder case hearing adjourned

August 22nd, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Puducherry, Aug 22 (ANI): A Puducherry Sessions Court today adjourned the hearing in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused to September 24.
V Arumugham, Additional District Judge, adjourned the proceedings after Judge of Puducherry K Shanmugham informed the Judge that the territorial government had apprised the Supreme Court of the process of appointment of the Public Prosecutor for the case.
On July 22, the apex court allowed a special leave petition by Jayendra Saraswathi for appointment of a Public Prosecutor from Puducherry to conduct the trial.
Earlier, the Principal and District Sessions Judge of Puducherry, D Krishnaraja, had adjourned the hearing of the case in view of the pendency of a petition filed by Jayendra Saraswathi in the Supreme Court, challenging the continuation of the Special Public Prosecutor of Tamil Nadu even after the case was transferred to Puducherry.
The Supreme Court had reserved its order on the seer’’s petition and had earlier transferred the trial from a Kancheepuram court to Puducherry.
Only five of the 24 accused were present when the case came up for hearing in court. The Kanchi seers are among those who did not appear before the court.
Sankararaman, Managing Trustee of the Lord Varadaraja Perumal temple at Kancheepuram, was murdered on September 3, 2004, allegedly at the behest of the accused. (ANI)

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