Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Acquitted In Temple Auditor Assault Case

Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi and eight others were on Friday (April 29) acquitted of all charges, including attempt to murder, in the 2002 the auditor Radhakrishnan assault case. First Additional Sessions Judge P Rajamanickam in his brief judgement acquitted all the accused. “I acquit you all. You may go,” the judge said in the packed open court where the accused had appeared before him. The Judge said approver-turned hostile witness Ravi Subramanian will be tried separately. Jayendra Saraswathi, 80, who was the prime accused, Kanchi Mutt Manager Sundaresa Iyer and junior pontiff Vijayendra Saraswati’s brother Raghu faced the main charge of criminal conspiracy and read with it, the charges of attempt to murder and abetment. According to the prosecution case, former auditor of the mutt S Radhakrishnan was assaulted by a gang in his home here on September 20, 2002 following a conspiracy hatched by the accused assuming that he was writing letters in the pseudo name of Somasekhara Ganapadigal highlighting alleged ‘irregularities’ in the Sankara Mutt. The attack was a consequence of Jayendra Saraswathi allegedly expressing frustration over such letters and asking Sundaresa Iyer and Raghu to do something about it.

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