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Kanchi seer remanded in murder case

November 12, 2004 16:33 IST
Last Updated: November 12, 2004 21:45 IST


Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi, arrested in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday night in connection with the murder of a former Shankara Mutt official, was on Friday remanded in judicial custody at Vellore Prison till November 26.

He was produced before judicial first class magistrate G Uttamaraj in Kancheepuram, 70 km from Chennai, on Friday morning.

Jayendra Saraswathi, who has been accused by the opposition parties in Tamil Nadu of having considerable clout with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam government, was brought by road to Kancheepuram, the seat of the Pontiff.

During the hour-long proceeding, the magistrate ordered the remand and told Shankaracharya's counsel Y Thiyagarajan that the jail authorities would decide on the medical treatment for the pontiff, since he claimed he was an insulin-dependent diabetic patient.

The arrest of the politically-famous Shankaracharya, who in the last two years had acted as a mediator in the Ayodhya issue between Sangh parivar and Muslim organisations, followed investigation into the murder of Sankararaman, who had managed the accounts of the Mutt during late Paramacharya Chandrasekerendra Saraswthi's period.

Sankararaman was reported to have had differences with Jayendra Saraswathi and had left the Mutt and worked as the manager of the famous Vaishnavite Varadharajaperumal temple here, where he was murdered on September 3 last.


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Sub: kanchi seer in jud. custody

sir, in my view in this case state govt. MUST consult to CENTER govt.before taking any action SHANKRACHARA is representive of GOD every big poletician ...


Posted by umesh





Sub: no comments

rediff seems to have become speechless or playing sage. there seem to be reluctance to accept the messages in the Shankaracharya matter


Posted by lata kishore





Sub: A shameful conduct

Where was the need for the midnight drama? Looks like Jayalalitha is specialising this art..Is the Swami such an insignificant person or unrecognisable that they ...


Posted by lata kishore





Sub: Shameful

This is absolutely shameful. We are not a secular country. Will the God-man of any other religion in this country be arrested for any reason? ...


Posted by Deepak





Sub: Experience.

I would like to share what my grand father told me about Sri Jayendra Sarswati. Since he was actively touring with the sankaracharya. Once the ...


Posted by Shyam




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