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PTI | Puducherry | 27 Nov 2013:: In a huge relief to the pontiffs of Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, a local court on Wednesday acquitted them in the sensational case of murder of a temple official in Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.
Besides the seers, arraigned as accused 1 and accused 2 respectively in the murder of A Sankararaman, Manager of the Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram district, 21 other accused were also acquitted by Puducherry Principal District and Sessions Judge C S Murugan.
A total of 24 persons were made accused in the case, but one of them, Kathiravan, was killed early this year.
The judge held that the witnesses failed to support the prosecution case that the two Sankaracharyas — Jayendra (78) and Vijayendra (44) — were part of a conspiracy to eliminate the temple official in September 2004.
He also said the witnesses, including Sankararaman’s daughter, failed to identify the accused in the court. None of them identified any accused in the court and no incriminating evidence was made out against the accused, the judge noted.
During the trial, 189 witnesses were examined between 2009 and 2012, of which 83 turned hostile.
The keenly-anticipated judgement was delivered in a packed court hall for which security was beefed up in and around the area.
Sankararaman, who was murdered in his office room in the temple on September 3, 2004 using sharp-edged weapons, had levelled charges of financial misappropriation against the two Sankaracharyas and over the way they ran the Mutt. Rest of the story: Click here.