A local court today adjourned to October 3 the
hearing in the Sankararaman murder case in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra
Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra are the prime accused.
Special Public Prosecutor N Devadoss told reporters outside
the court that the petition filed by Padma, widow of Sankararaman, in the
Madras High court seeking transfer of the trial from here to the High Court was
All other petitions she had filed in the High Court were
also required to be disposed and hence the hearing was adjourned till October
Principal District and Sessions Judge C S Murugan directed
that all the 24 accused including the two seers should be compulsorily present
at the next hearing.
Only 13 accused were present in the court today and the
absentees included the two seers.
Defence counsel who presented petitions assigning reason for
the absence of the two seers informed the court that as the two pontiffs were
currently observing "Chaturmasya Vrida" (performing poojas and other
rituals between July 3 and September 30) they could not be present at the
hearing when it was resumed today.
Sankararaman, Manager of Varadarajaperumal temple in
Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, was murdered in the temple premises on September 3,
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.