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Ill feeling between Radhakrishnan, Acharya led to attack: charge sheet

K.T. Sangameswaran

Copies of charge sheet in assault case under preparation

CHENNAI: : Ill feeling between S. Radhakrishnan, formerly associated with the Kanchi Mutt, and Kanchi Acharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi led to the attack on him, according to the charge sheet in the case.

The charge sheet has been filed against 11 accused in the court of S. Umamaheswari, XXIII Metropolitan Magistrate, Saidapet, under Sections 120-B, 450, 326 and 307 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Copies are being prepared. The court has posted the case for July 18 for giving the accused the charge sheet copies.

Radhakrishnan was a member of the upasamithi committee formed to perform "Kanagabhishekam" in 1993. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi did not agree with Mr. Radhakrishnan who collected huge sums in the name of membership. After the celebrations were over, the Acharya arranged for an announcement to be made through newspapers that there was no connection, from then on, between Mr. Radhakrishnan and the Mutt.

This created ill feeling between the two. Mr. Radhakrishnan wrote several letters to the Acharya to withdraw the announcement. To pacify him, he was made a member of the Adi Sankarar Swarna Vimana Trust in 1994.

The Mutt authorities wrote in August 1995 on behalf of the Acharya that the announcement would be withdrawn.

The Acharya suspected that Mr. Radhakrishnan sent the letters in the name "Somasekara Ganapaadigal" during 2001-2002, criticising his activities and the deviation in the practices of the Mutt. This infuriated the Acharya, who along with the other accused, Sundaresa Iyer, Appu, Kathiravan and Ravi Subramaniam — who later turned approver — to conspire against Mr. Radhakrishnan, the charge sheet said.

Mr. Radhakrishnan was attacked in his house on September 20, 2002.

Case withdrawn

Enquiries reveal that the police have withdrawn the case against two advocates, Revathi Vasudevan and Natheera Banu, for allegedly threatening Ravi Subramaniam, approver in the Sankararaman murder case.

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