Chennai: In major relief to the Kanchi Sankara Mutt pontiff, Jayendra Saraswathi, the I-Additional Sessions court in Chennai on Friday acquitted him, along with eight others, from the charge of an attempt to murder ‘Auditor’ Radhakrishnan, his wife and his aide 14 years ago.
The much anticipated verdict was delivered by the judge, P. Rajamanickam, in a packed court hall in the afternoon. In less than two minutes, the judge informed all the accused, “You are all acquitted from all the charges and you can go”. “In the result, the prosecution has failed to prove the charges against all the accused and hence all are acquitted from the charges”, the judge said.
The charges against two other accused, Appu and Kathiravan, were abated since they are dead.
Devotees go ecstatic over Kanchi mutt head acquittal
Devotees of the Kanchi Kamakoti Matathipathi Sri Jayendra Saraswathi went ecstatic hearing the news of the sessions court on Friday acquitting the Seer and eight others in the 2002 auditor Radhakrishnan assault case.
The junior pontiff Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi who received his guru and Matathipathi Sri Jayendra Saraswathi at the Shankaralayam here greeted him and offered his humble pranams.
“It was relief writ large on the faces of both the Acharyas and the acquittal made his several thousands of devotees to rejoice. Dharma has finally won,” expressed V. Subramanian, Secretary of Jana Kalyan.
According to sources, the senior pontiff left for Kanchi mutt later in the day while the junior acharya stayed back in the city to complete the Sri Chandramouleshwara pooja. At the Kanchi mutt, the followers who went ecstatic smashed coconuts and pumpkins and accorded a warm reception to the Kanchi Seer....