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The Hindu reported: The 80-year-old Kanchi acharya, Jayendra Saraswati, and eight others were on Friday April 29, 2016 acquitted in 2002 auditor Radhakrishnan assault case by a Chennai court. The charge sheet was filed in 2006 for offences including criminal conspiracy and attempt to murder.
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I am giving here the details by editing of my past article of Nov 26, 2013 on the day when Innocent Kanchi Shankracharya with his younger brother were acquitted by the court from the murder charges.
On Nov 26, 2013 court makes free from murder charges to Jayendra Saraswati and his brother Vijyendra Saraswati
So called secular forces including Congress and DMK BJP came in the defence of Kanchi Peeth Shankaracharya. Arrest of Shakracharya Jayendra Saraswati and others was considered as a conspiracy of Congress and others to defame the Hindu’s highest spiritual authorities.
A court in Puducherry on Wednesday Nove 26, 2013 acquitted all the accused, includingKanchi Shankaracharyas Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, Kanchi Sankara Mutt in the sensational Sankararaman murder case.
The judgment came more than nine years after A Sankararaman, manager of Sri Varadharajaswamy temple in Kancheepuram, was murdered.
The Tamil Nadu police arrested the senior seer on November 11, 2004, from Mehboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh. The junior seer was arrested on January 10, 2005. The arrests evoked widespread uproar from pro-Hindu parties and outfits. The murder and arrests happened during the previous tenure of J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.
The murder case that attained nationwide attention took several twists and turns, including prosecution witnesses turning hostile during the course of examination and reexamination.
Sankararaman who had leveled charges of financial mismanagement against the Kanchi Shankaracharyas (seers) Jayendra Saraswati and his brother V ijayendra Saraswati was found murdered on September 3, 2004. He was believed to have been murdered by an armed gang.
The Kanchi Shankracharyas (seers) of Kanchi Sankara Mutt were charged with criminal conspiracy, misleading the court by giving false information, criminal trespass and supply of funds to carry out the criminal activity.
The Tamil Nadu police arrested the senior seer on November 11, 2004, from Mehboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh. The junior seer was arrested on January 10, 2005.
Police arrested 22 others, including junior seer’s brother and the mutt manager. However, the senior seer was granted bail on January 10, 2005. The junior seer got bail on February 10 the same year. One of the accused, M Kathiravan, was murdered in March this year.
The Supreme Court in October 2005 transferred the case from a Chengalpet court to the Puducherry court following a special leave petition which claimed that the atmosphere in the state was not conducive for a fair and free trial. The apex court also ordered appointment of a special prosecutor from Puducherry to conduct the trial to replace prosecutors from Tamil Nadu.
The Puducherry principal district and sessions court began the trail in November, 2005. Four judges – M Chinapandi, D Krishnaraja, T Ramasamy and C S Murugan – heard the trial that had lasted for eight years.
The Madras high court stayed the trial from August 2011, to February 2012, following a petition alleging that the key accused had attempted to influence the judgment.
The court directed a district judge to conduct an inquiry into the allegations.
The judge submitted the inquiry report to the registrar general (vigilance), who in turn submitted the report to the administrative committee comprising of seven judges. The court lifted the stay on the trial in the Puducherry court based on the inquiry findings and later transferred the then principal district sessions judge, T Ramasamy, who was trying the case, to Perambalur and posted Murugan in his place.
A total of 189 witnesses, including Padma, wife of Sankararaman and Anand Sharma, her son, were examined by the prosecution. Of them, nearly 80 turned hostile and they included the approver, Ravi Subramaniam. The approver was declared hostile after he denied his earlier statements and depositions made before the court and the police about identifying the accused, his connections with a few accused and his visits to the Sankara mutt at Kancheepuram allegedly in connection with the planning of the murder. In December 2011, the Madras High Court dismissed a habeas corpus petition seeking the production of Mr.Ravi Subramaniam before the court and set him at liberty.
Sankararaman’s wife and son among 189 witnesses examined; nearly 80 of them, including approver Ravi Subramaniam, turned hostile.