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TN withdraws petition challenging seer's bail

July 11, 2005 17:16 IST

Seven months after it challenged the bail granted to Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi in the Radhakrishnan assault case, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday withdrew its appeal in the Supreme Court.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice R C Lahoti, Justice C K Thakker and Justice P K Balasubramanyan dismissed the appeal as withdrawn after the Tamil Nadu government's counsel, Subramonium Prasad, said the prosecution did not want to press the appeal.

During the hearing of the appeal on January 17, the court had asked the state to file a report detailing the injuries sustained by Radhakrishnan, a temple manager in Chennai, in the 2002 assault.

The Sankaracharya was arrested on November 11 for his alleged role in a murder case. The assault case was slapped against him on November 23.

The seer had filed two petitions in the Supreme Court -- one seeking bail in the Sankararaman murder case and a second in the assault case.

The apex court on January 10 granted him bail in the murder case, but did not take up for hearing the other petition as by that time the high court had already granted him bail in the assault case.

However, the state government challenged the high court order in the Supreme Court.

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