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Shankaracharya murder: 2 key witnesses turn hostile

Shankaracharya murder: 2 key witnesses turn hostile

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 5, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/4858266.cms

Two key prosecution witnesses in the Sankararaman murder case on Tuesday contradicted their earlier statements, giving a new twist to the sensational case in which the Kanchi Shankaracharyas - Jayendra Saraswati and Vijayendra Saraswati - are main accused.

When questioned by defence counsel K S Dinakaran before judge D Krishnaraja on Tuesday, Sankararaman's wife Padma and daughter Uma Maitreyi said they had not seen anyone visiting their house on the day of the murder.

The case pertains to the killing of A Sankararaman, manager of the Sri Varadarajaswamy Temple in Kancheepuram, in the temple premises on September 3, 2004.

The Kanchi seers were charged with criminal conspiracy, misleading the court by giving false information, criminal trespass and supply of funds to carry out the murder. They are accused of using hirelings to eliminate Sankararaman, who had been engaged in a virulent propaganda against Jayendra Saraswati and the activities of the Kanchi math.

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