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Notice beyond law: Vedantham

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KALAVAI, JAN. 19 . S. Vedantham, international vice-president, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, today said the notice asking him to appear before the Kancheepuram police in connection with an enquiry into the Sankara Mutt affairs was "an example of the State Government acting beyond the law."

Talking to newspersons, he said that under Section 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code, a notice could be issued only to a person residing within the jurisdiction of the police station concerned or an adjoining station. "The summons given to me under Section 160 Cr. P.C. shows that the Government was unqualified to talk about the law."

Except as a devotee, he had no association with the Mutt, said Mr. Vedantham.

As an organisation, started to protect Hinduism, it was the duty of the VHP to voice its support for Sri Jayendra Saraswathi when he was in trouble (he was cited as an accused in the Sankararaman murder case). Organising public meetings or dharnas to protest against government action was a normal democratic exercise. The VHP applications to the police for conducting public meetings to explain the issues in the Kanchi Sankara Mutt case were either rejected or cleared just a day before the programme to prevent the message reaching the people. The summons issued to him was part of these efforts, he said.

"It is the result of a communication gap," he said to a question about the statement given to the press by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief, K.S. Sudershan, here on Monday that Sri Jayendra Saraswathi had appointed a new sanyasi to perform poojas.

"There is no question of appointing a new sanyasi since Sri Jayendra Saraswathi and Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi are there." At present, none except Sri Jayendra Saraswathi was performing poojas in the Kalavai Sankara Mutt.

To another question, Mr. Vedantham said Sri Jayendra Saraswathi had no idea of undertaking any tour now. He might go on tour after a month or two to a neighbouring State, said Mr. Vedantham.

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