Jayendra Saraswati,Vijayendrar of The Kanchi Mutt and 23 others were acquitted by judge in Puducherry on 27 November on the Sankararaman Murder case on the ground that the prosecution has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused were in Conspiracy.
Ant the other reason given is that the witnesses have not identified the accused.
Now consider the following facts.
1.Sankararaman was murdered and he was presumably blackmailing the Pontiff.
Nobody checked his motive and the possible fact for the blackmail.
If this is checked you will get the motive.
Sankararaman had begun serving the Kanchi Mutt after the death of his father, S Anantakrishna Sharma, who was an employee of the Mutt for over 60 years. However, he did not get along well with the junior Shankarcharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswati, and he left the Mutt on his own. He later went on to become the manager of the Sri Varadaraja Perumal temple in Kancheepuram.
Although Sankararaman left the Mutt, he continued to question Jayendra Saraswati regarding his activities. In 2000, when the seer had plans to go to China, Sankararaman opposed him saying that the Hindu scriptures did not allow a Mutt’s chief to travel across oceans. He moved the Court to stop Jayendra Saraswati from his efforts following which the latter abandoned his China trip. This worsened their relationship further.
He continued to write letters to Sri Jayendra Saraswati questioning him on the mismanagement of the Mutt. In his last letter, written on August 30, 2004, Sankararaman wrote to him that the Shankarcharya was misusing his powers and that he would move the Court against him.
Soon after, he was attacked and hacked to death by a gang in the evening of September 3, 2004.
2.There were 181 witnesses for the case for the Prosecution.
3.81 turned Approvers.
4.These 81 did a volte face and turned hostile witnesses.
This should be world record.
5.The victim Sankararaman’s family initially complained about the murder, later retracted.
Then they retracted their statements.
Again they claimed that Sankararaman was murdered at the behest of Jayendra Saraswati.
6.An auditor Radhakrishnan who was connected to the Kanchi Mutt was brutally attacked in Chennai by thugs.
7.There was an indirect admission by the Jayendrar when he was in custody where he bemoaned Vijayendra not caring about him and was trying to protect his brother.
8.One of the accused Kathiravan was murdered, he was a member of a locla dada in Chennai .
9.There was an attempt by some one claiming to be close to Kanchi Mutt to bribe the Puducherry Judge, the audio was broadcast.
10.A Chennai Dada was seen frequenting the Kanchi Mutt sometime before Sankararaman murder.
Well, if these are not enough to convict then there is even less to convict Ramalinga Raju for Sathyam scam Harshad Mehta for Stamp paper scam and more recently Rajesh Talwar for Aarushi and Hemraj’s murders.
Law is an ass, true.
Now to the question of the Government going for appeal.
Normally one would expect Jayalalitha to go for appeal.
But one has to see whether the impending elections have a bearing on her mind.
With as many as 20 witnesses turning hostile in the Sankararaman murder case, a Puducherry court on Wednesday acquitted all 23 accused including the Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati, seer of the Kanchi Mutt. Public prosecutors admitted the witnesses including prosecution witnesses turned hostile, with the result that no motive or conspiracy could be proved, leading to all
The case till now: * On 3 September, 2004, a man named Sankararaman, a manager of the Varadarajaperumal temple in Kanchipuram, was murdered. A report in Tamil magazine Nakkeeran then linked the murder to the pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti mutt, Jayendra Saraswati.Nakkeeran reporter Damodaran Prakash quoted letters from Sankararaman to various publications, authorities and corporates regarding alleged malpractices in the Kanchi Mutt, the Shaivite Hindu mutt. * It began to appear that Sankararaman was a serial letter writer and whistleblower, and he had even approached the Mutt about the alleged malpractices, misuse of funds, the Shankaracharya’s travels abroad, etc. * Given that he was a much-revered religious leader whose support was wooed by political leaders and business magnates, the allegations against the Shankaracharya led to a furore among his followers. A political drama followed too, with the opposition DMK launching a massive offensive against Jayalalithaa, followed later by rumours that the case against the seers was itself caused by the Mutt’s growing friendship with the DMK. There were also rumours that the TN government was eyeing the expansive properties of the mutt.More political drama ensued with right wing parties staging protests and dharnas, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj later visiting the seer in jail and more. * In November 2004, as the Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati and his junior Vijayendra Saraswati were conducting a puja in Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu Police arrested the seer. * Barely weeks later, one of the accused, Kathiravan withdrew his statement made in front of a magistrate. Kathiravan was later murdered.
In efence of Jayendra Sarsawati