HC stays murder case trial against Kanchi seer

The Madras High Court on Thursday stayed for eight weeks the trial in the Sankararaman murder case, in which Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi is the prime accused, on a petition alleging an attempt to influence the court verdict. The order staying the proceedings before the Principal Sessions Judge against the Seer, his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi and 22 others in Puducherry was issued by Justice K Suguna on a petition filed by city-based advocate P Sundrarajan.

The judge also issued notice of motion to the respondent Registrar (Vigilance) of the high court.

Presenting an audio-cassette, purportedly, containing the conversation between the Acharya and Puducherry Sessions Court judge Ramasamy, one Mr Sundarajan filed the petition, seeking a direction to probe the matter. The purported conversation between the Acharya and the Judge, played by a leading Tamil Satellite Channel, a male voice was heard saying he would settle the full amount within a week and other male voice saying “he will take care”. The conversation between the two was mediated by one female, identified as Gowri, the channel said.

Mr Sundarajan, in his petition, wanted the High Court to order a probe to find out whether the conversation was between the Acharya, prime accused in the murder case and the Judge. He also sought an interim order, restraining the Sessions Court Judge from hearing the murder case. The case is likely to come up for hearing later this week.



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