Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.-A court in Puducherry on Wednesday acquitted all the accused, including Kanchi seers Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, in the sensational Sankararaman murder case.
Besides the seers, arraigned as accused 1 and accused 2 respectively in the murder of A Sankararaman, Manager of the Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram district, 21 other accused were also acquitted by Puducherry Principal District and Sessions Judge C S Murugan.
सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः |
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ||६||
Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out
by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach
where that supreme treasure of Truth resides.
Sankararaman murder case: Timeline
September 3, 2004: A Sankararaman, manager of the Sri Varadharajaswamy temple in Kancheepuram is found murdered on the temple premises. An armed gang is believed to have murdered him.
November 11, 2004: Senior seer Jayendra Saraswathi is arrested from Mehboobnagar, Andhra Pradesh.
January 10, 2005: Junior seer Vijayendra Saraswathi is arrested
September 3, 2004 to January 10, 2005: Twenty-four persons, including the two seers and two other mutt officials and brother of the junior seer, are arrested
January 10, 2005: Jayendra Saraswati is granted bail
February 10, 2005: Vijayendra Saraswati gets bail
October 26, 2005: The Supreme Court transfers the case from a Chengalpet court to a Puducherry court on a special leave petition filed by the senior seer. On his plea, the apex court orders appointment of public prosecutor from Puducherry to conduct the trial
November 27, 2005: Trial begins
November 2005 to November 2013: A total of 187 witnesses are examined and re-examined by the prosecution and defence counsels. Eighty-two witnesses and a lone approver, Ravi Subramanian, turn hostile
November 2005 to November 2013: Four judges, Chinnapandi, D Krishnaraja, T Ramasamy and C S Murugan, hear the case
August, 2011: Madras HC stays trial after a petition alleges attempts to influence case
November, 2011: A district judge submits report to the registrar general (vigilance) on the allegation
February, 2012: HC replaces judge T Ramasamy with C S Murugan
August, 2012: A local court directs the authorities concerned to hand over copies of audio and video cassettes of the case proceedings to Anand Sharma following a petition
August 2012: The Madras high court stays a lower court order to provide copies to Anand Sharma following a petition by one of the accused people M Kathiravan
March, 2013: M Kathiravan murdered
November 12, 2013: Principal district and sessions court announces that the verdict will be pronounced on November 27
November 27, 2013: Principal district and sessions court acquits all accused, including Kanchi seers.