Jayendra Saraswathi passes away: Shankaracharya overcame ordeal of murder charge in 2013

Jayendra Saraswathi was arrested on 11 November, 2004, on Diwali eve on charges of conspiring to murder Sankararaman.

PTI February 28, 2018 17:39:01 IST
Jayendra Saraswathi passes away: Shankaracharya overcame ordeal of murder charge in 2013

Kancheepuram: Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi was arrested in the sensational Sankaraman murder case in 2004 during the Jayalalithaa regime in Tamil Nadu and was cleared by a sessions court in 2013.

A Sankararaman, manager of the Sri Varadarajaperumal temple in Kancheepuram, was brutally murdered in his office room in the temple on 3 September , 2004, by a sharp-edged weapons.

Jayendra Saraswathi passes away Shankaracharya overcame ordeal of murder charge in 2013

File image of Kanchi mutt pontiff Jayendra Saraswati. Image courtesy: KA Vishwanathan

He had levelled charges of financial misappropriation in the mutt administration against Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra Saraswathi, who will now succeed the late seer.

Jayendra Saraswathi was arrested on 11 November, 2004, on Diwali eve on charges of conspiring to murder Sankararaman. Cases were registered against the two seers under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of IPC in connection with the murder, sending shockwaves.

Jayendra Saraswathi, who was arrested at Mahbub Nagar in Andhra Pradesh, was granted bail by the Supreme Court on January 10,2005, after spending two months in Vellore jail.

Vijayendra Saraswathi was arrested from the mutt on 10 January , 2005 and got bail from the Madras High Court a month later.

The Sankaracharyas moved the Supreme Court and got the case transferred to Puducherry in 2005 on grounds that the atmosphere in Tamil Nadu was vitiated and there may not be free and fair trial.

In November 2013, the Puducherry Sessions Court acquitted Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi and his deputy Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi of charges.

Besides the seers, arraigned as accused 1 and accused 2 respectively in the murder of Sankararaman, 21 other accused were also acquitted by Puducherry Principal District and Sessions Judge CS Murugan.

A total of 24 persons were made accused in the case, but one of them, Kathiravan, was killed in early 2013.

Updated Date:

also read

Sankararaman case: Hearing adjourned to 25 April
Fwire

Sankararaman case: Hearing adjourned to 25 April

The Kanchi seers Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior Vijayendra are the prime accused in the case.

Jayendra Saraswathi funeral: Chaos at burial ceremony as authorities obstruct view of crowd gathered to pay respect
India

Jayendra Saraswathi funeral: Chaos at burial ceremony as authorities obstruct view of crowd gathered to pay respect

The final rites of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi had its share of tense moments when the authorities blocked the view of the proceedings.

Jayendra Saraswathi passes away: Seer with social consciousness charted a unique path mixing piety and politics
India

Jayendra Saraswathi passes away: Seer with social consciousness charted a unique path mixing piety and politics

It is debatable whether Kanchi mutt has seen a head who was as unconventional and contentious as Jayendra Saraswathi, who passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 82