Sankararaman Murder: Another Witness Turns Hostile

Sankararaman Murder: Another Witness Turns Hostile
One more witness turned hostile during the trial in the Sankararaman murder case today in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and junior acharya Vijayendra Saraswathi are the main accused.

A total of five witnesses were examined today when the trial resumed before the Principal District and Sessions Judge K Ramasamy. When one of the witnesses examined contradicted the statements he had given earlier before the police in Kancheepuram, the Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss declared him as 'hostile'.

Of the 142 witnesses examined so far since the commencement of the trial here two years ago, as many as 73 witnesses have turned hostile. The case was transferred to Puducherry from Tamil Nadu in 2005.

The case was shifted to Puducherry court from Chengalpattu district court by an order of the Supreme Court on a petition filed by Jayendra Saraswati.

Of the 24 accused only six were present during the trial today and the absentees included the two seers.

The judge adjourned the hearing to tomorrow. Around ten more witnesses would be examined during the hearing tomorrow, Devadosss told PTI.

Sankararaman, manager of the Varadararjaperumal temple in Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the temple on September 3, 2004.
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