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Police question Mutt manager, accountant

By Our Staff Reporter

KANCHEEPURAM, DEC. 4. Special teams formed to investigate the killing of the Varadaraja Perumal temple manager, Sankararaman, here on September 3, continued their interrogation today.

Enquiries reveal that the police yesterday questioned Sundaresa Iyer, manager, Kanchi Sankara Mutt, and Viswanathan, accountant, on its financial transactions.

The district secretary of the Jana Kalyan movement, Pasupathy, was asked to give details of bank accounts held in the name of the organisation.

For, the Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, arrested in the murder case, floated the social service organisation.

Managers of four banks were asked to appear before the investigation team last evening at the district police headquarters for corroboration of the details furnished by the Mutt authorities as well as the Jana Kalyan district secretary. The interrogation went on till late in the night.

Today, Mr. Sundaresa Iyer and Mr. Pasupathy were summoned to appear at a new bungalow behind the camp office of the District Superintendent of Police and asked to produce details of the accounts held in the name of the Mutt and Jana Kalyan in four other banks.

After ascertaining the facts from them, the police summoned managers of seven banks and a state-owned financial institution to cross check the details gathered.

A policeman, Kannan (who was posted as personal security for the Acharya in the past), was also questioned by the investigation team. The Mutt authorities earlier lodged an oral complaint with the police against Mr. Kannan.

This morning Mr. Sundaresa Iyer was asked to come to the Siva Kanchi police station as the investigation team wanted to ascertain the veracity of a letter purportedly written by a victim of an assault (the case was filed in a Chennai police station) to the Mutt that he (the victim) suspected the "involvement" of the Mutt in the "murderous" attack.

Call to mediapersons

Sri Swaroopanandendra Swami, head of the Visakha Sarada Peetam, Chinamusidiwada, Pendurthi, Visakhapatnam, called upon mediapersons to desist from damaging the reputation of the age-old Sankara Mutt with their reports.

He was talking to presspersons after meeting the junior Kanchi Acharya, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, at the Mutt here today.

"God is there. The Hindu religion and Mutts will recover from this shock soon," he said when he was asked about the course of action of Mattathipathis following the arrest of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.

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