Sankararaman case: Court says investigators acted in undue haste

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Puducherry, Nov 27: With the prosecution unable to prove the the conspiracy theory or the very motive of the crime,  the court on Wednesday acquitted all 23 accused in the controversial Sankararaman murder case.

The court rebuked the prosecution who couldn't prove the conspiracy theory, which is supposedly the very base of the entire case, or submit any corroborating evidence. The court remarked that the police who investigated the case 'acted in an undue haste'.

Around 83 crucial witnesses had turned hostile and there were no supporting eye-witnesses too. Sankararaman's wife had earlier failed to identify the accused in the identification parade, said the seers' lawyer.

In a major blow to the prosecution side, Ravi Subrahmaniam, an approver in this case, had turned hostile in 2012. 

Protests erupt

Meanwhile, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, a political party in Tamil Nadu, staged protests in the court premises. Justice has been denied for Sankararaman, they said. Sankararaman's family too expressed disappointment at the verdict. 

(Read more:Sankararaman murder case: Seers acquitted, 83 witnesses turn hostile)

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In Puducherry

Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi leaves a court in Puducherry after being acquitted in the sensational Sankararaman murder case on Wednesday. A sessions court in Puducherry acquitted all the accused, including seer Vijayendra Saraswathi, in the case.

In Puducherry

Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi leaves a court in Puducherry after being acquitted in the sensational Sankararaman murder case on Wednesday. A sessions court in Puducherry acquitted all the accused, including seer Vijayendra Saraswathi, in the case. The judgment came more than nine years after A Sankararaman, manager of Sri Varadharajaswamy temple in Kancheepuram.

In Puducherry

Kanchi Sankaracharya Vijayendra Saraswathi leaves a court in Puducherry after being acquitted in the sensational Sankararaman murder case on Wednesday. 

In Varanasi

Kanchi Peeth Shankracharya Jayendra Saraswathi takes a holy dip in the Ganges during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Varanasi

In an event in Bhopal

A file picture of RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat welcoming Kanchi Shankracharya Swami Jayendra Saraswati, during a national symposium on 'Swami Vivekanand and Indian Renaissance' in Bhopal.

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(With agency inputs)

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