Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Feb 05, 2005

About Us
Contact Us
National
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment |

National Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

"No move to include junior Acharya in assault case"

By A. Subramani

CHENNAI, FEB. 4. The prosecution today informed the Madras High Court that there was no move to include the junior Acharya of the Kanchi Sankara Mutt, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, in the `Radhakrishnan assault case.'

(The senior Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, who has been included as an accused in the case, has already obtained bail in the High Court).

When an anticipatory bail plea of Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi came up for hearing before Justice M. Thanikachalam, the Public Prosecutor, K. Duraisamy, told the court that there was no possibility for the junior Acharya to be cited as an accused in the case. The Judge recorded the statement and dismissed the anticipatory bail application.

In his order, Mr. Justice Thanikachalam said: "The Public Prosecutor made a statement that the petitioner is not going to be arraigned as an accused in this case. The statement is recorded. This being the position, the apprehension of the petitioner that he will be taken into custody for non-bailable offences appears misconceived. The petition is dismissed."

Orders reserved

Earlier, the Judge reserved his orders on the junior Acharya's petition challenging the dismissal of his bail plea by the Chengalpattu Sessions Court on January 27. He said the impugned order was not sustainable both in law and on facts, and added that the chargesheet had been filed in a magistrate court at Kancheepuram on January 21. "Hence, there is no impediment to enlarge him on bail," he contended.

In his submissions, K.S. Dinakaran, counsel for the junior Acharya, said the Supreme Court, while granting bail to Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, said that prima facie it was a strong case for bail. When told that most of the witnesses and documents were from the Mutt and that there was a possibility for tampering, counsel said that all of the materials were already in police custody.

Then the Judge asked the public prosecutor whether the "junior Acharya was not standing in a better position than the senior?" Replying in the negative, Mr. Duraisamy said: "If we consider the facts, he is not in a better position. There cannot be any comparison about the degree of involvement of the two in the offence."

He then said that besides the confessional statements of Ravi Subramaniam, Raghu, Appu, M.S. Subramaniam and Kannan, the prosecution had no other evidence to connect the junior Acharya to the crime.

When he submitted that Raghu, as directed by the junior Acharya, organised Rs. 5 lakhs on September 1 last to be paid to the assailants, the Judge sought to know whether the prosecution had any proof for that. If so, he wanted it to be circulated to him. The public prosecutor agreed to furnish the evidence, and said he had a "genuine apprehension" that if the Acharya was granted bail he would tamper with evidence, snapping the continuous link of evidence. The Judge then reserved the orders without mentioning any date.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

National

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous | Engagements |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu