Puducherry: A local court today posted to November five the arguments in the Sankararaman murder case in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendrara Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra are the prime accused.
Special Public Prosecutor N Devaodss told reporters that Principal District and Sessions Judge C S Murugan ordered commencement of the arguments in the case on November 5 after
Padma, widow of Sankarararman withdrew her petitions she had filed in April in the court seeking retrial, police protection to her and her family members.
Anand Sharma, son of Sankararaman today submitted a tition of his mother seeking withdrawal of all her petitions she filed as she was undergoing treatment in Kancheepuram for some ailments and could not travel to Puducherry.
When the case came up before the court today, 20 of the 24 accused including Vijayendra were present. Sankararaman, Manager of Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, was murdered in the temple premises on September 3, 2004.
The two Kanchi seers have been charged under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the IPC. A total of 189 witnesses including Padma, her son and daughter were examined during the trial between 2010 and 2011. Eighty-three of the witnesses turned hostile during the trial, shifted here by the Supreme Court on a petition by Jayendra Saraswathi.
The trial was shifted from Chengalpet court (Tamil Nadu) to Puducherry following an order by Supreme Court on a writ petition the Kanchi seer in October 2005.