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Kanchi Acharya moves Supreme Court for bail

By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, DEC. 14 The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, today moved the Supreme Court seeking bail in the "Sankararaman murder case," in which he was arrested by the Tamil Nadu police on November 11.

The petition filed by his lawyer, Krishnakumar, duly authorised by the Acharya with a `vakkalatnama' affixing his thumb impression, is likely to be "mentioned" tomorrow for early hearing.

Justice R. Balasubramanian of the Madras High Court refused bail to the Acharya initially on November 20 and the same Judge dismissed the second bail petition on December 8. The special leave petition in the apex court is directed against this order.

The SLP said that the judgment of the apex court in the "Pappu Yadav case" was based on the peculiar facts and circumstances of that case and no rationale was laid down by the court in that decision to deny bail to the petitioner.

The High Court failed to appreciate the materials placed before it to show that the decision in the "Pappu Yadav case" would not apply to the facts and circumstances of this case.

The SLP sought quashing of the impugned judgment and an interim stay of its operation.

Besides seeking regular bail, the Acharya sought an interim relief to permit him to remain in the Kanchi Mutt with certain conditions so that he could perform religious activities.

Earlier in the day, a Bench of Justice N. Santosh Hegde and Justice S.B. Sinha dismissed during "mention" time two public interest writ petitions observing that they had no locus standi to file the petitions.

While one petition sought bail for the Acharya, the other sought a direction to transfer the probe from the Tamil Nadu Police to the CBI.

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