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Acharya in good spirits: Swamy

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VELLORE, JAN. 7. The Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, is quite healthy and in good spirits, said the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, who met the Acharya in the Central Prison here today.

Talking to newspersons, Dr. Swamy said that he told the Acharya that he had a great opportunity for bringing about "Hindu renaissance" after his "release from the Sankararaman murder case." He claimed that three pieces of evidence provided by the police in the murder case did not establish any link between the Acharya and the crime. Hence, he requested the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, to withdraw the case against the Acharya.

Claiming that the Tamil Nadu Government planned to take over the Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Dr. Swamy said that it would not materialise because both Sri Jayendra Saraswathi and his junior, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, were prepared to face the challenges. Also, such a move would not stand scrutiny in a court of law.

To a question, Dr. Swamy said he had not received any summons from the police for any enquiry in connection with the Kanchi Mutt affairs. In reply to another question, Dr. Swamy said the Janata Party was not invited to participate in the all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to discuss the rehabilitation measures to be taken in the tsunami-affected areas.

Prasadam for Acharya

The `prasadam' of the pooja performed for the Paramacharya in the Kanchi Mutt was handed over to Sri Jayendra Saraswathi at the prison here.

Earlier, the Kanchi Mutt priest, Dinakar Sarma brought the `prasadam' from Kancheepuram. The advocate of the Mutt, V. Krishnaswamy, handed it over to the Acharya.

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