Seer has confessed to involvement: TN

Chennai, Nov 29 | Updated: Nov 30 2004, 05:30am hrs
The prosecution in the Sankararaman murder case on Monday came out with a stunning claim that Kanchi seer Jayendra Saraswathi, the main accused in the case, had confessed to his involvement in the murder.

Opposing the second bail application filed by the seer in the Madras High Court, senior Supreme Court lawyer KTS Tulsi told the court that the Shankaracharya had broken down during interrogation and confessed to his involvement in the murder of temple official Sankararaman on September 3 last.

The seer was arrested in connection with the murder at Mahbubnagar in Andhra on November 11. On November 20, the high court had rejected the Acharyas plea for bail.

Mr Tulsi claimed that the seer, during interrogation, had said that on September 1 he (seer) had called Appu alias Krishnasamy, Ravi Subrama-niam and Kathriavan, accused in the case, and told them that Sankararaman had been tormenting him and that he should be got rid of at any cost.

The part of the seers confession, recorded in Tamil, was read out in the court by Tamil Nadu public prosecutor K Doraisamy.

Submitting that the seer had admitted to having talked to some accused in the case before and after the murder took place, Mr Tulsi said the Shankaracharya had also informed his interrogators that the mobile phone from where calls had been made was for his exclusive use.

Arguments on the bail plea will continue on Tuesday.

Meanwhile a sessions court at Chengalpattu, Kanchee-puram on Monday adjourned to December 6, the bail plea of seven of the accused in the Sankararaman murder case.

Kathiravan, the main accused, Dil Pandi, Arumu-gam and Satish, who staged a proxy surrender before a court in Chennai and Palani, Kuruvi Ravi and Sundaraman, who allegedly made arrangements for this, are at present in judicial custody in Chennai.