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TN govt asks SC not to allow
seer to stay in South India

What is India News Service, Wednesday, 12 January 2005, 2000 hrs IST

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court urging that Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi be asked to shift to northern India, fearing he could tamper with evidence in a murder case in which he is allegedly involved.

While granting bail to the seer on Monday, the Supreme Court had asked him not to visit his mutt at Kancheepuram, near Chennai, until investigation in the case was completed. 

On his release from prison Wednesday, the pontiff proceeded to stay at Kalavai, about 40 km from Kancheepuram where his monastic order has a branch.

In Wednesday's petition to the court, the Tamil Nadu government stated that the Shankaracharya had a large following in southern states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

When Kancheepuram magistrate Uthamaraj asked him whether he accepted the charges, Vijayendra said he was innocent. The prosecution did not seek his police custody. 

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister\92s Office tonight disclosed that the PM had written a letter four days ago to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa expressing his apprehension over the \91\91consequences\92\92 of the possible arrest of Vijayendra Saraswathi and disruption it may cause to the \91\91centuries-old tradition\92\92 of daily poojas.

Kanchi Acharya to stay in Kalavai: A full two months after his arrest and a day after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the Sankararaman murder case, the Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, walked out of the Vellore Central Prison at 4.30 p.m.

Incorrect to link arrests and daily puja, says Jayalalithaa: The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, today informed the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, that it was "part of the process of law" that the junior Sankaracharya of the Kanchi Mutt, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi.

Jaya tries hand at banishing seer: The TN government also wants the apex court to delete the portions from the bail order criticising the investigation for the nature of evidence against the seer.

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India proposes fresh talks on Baglihar: India proposed fresh technical talks to Pakistan on Baglihar hydel power project even as reports published in the Pakistani media said that Islamabad had decided to approach the World Bank for appointment of neutral experts to resolve the dispute.

Cong, Lalu have separation pangs: The Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday gave the most tangible hints of their differences being serious enough to force them on separate electoral paths. An honourable deal between the two is the least likely scenario in the present circumstances.

PM invites Mamata Banerjee to join Cabinet: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today invited Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Bannerjee to join the Union Cabinet to solve ''various problems'' of West Bengal. 

Order on plea against bail for Pappu Yadav reserved: The Supreme Court reserved verdict on two Special Leave Petitions challenging a Patna High Court order granting bail to the Rashtriya Janata Dal MP, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav.

Ministers\92 meet favours Central law for professional course admissions: Arjun Singh said that suggestions made by education ministers at the meet and inputs from students\92 groups will be incorporated into the bill. 

EC team finds Haryana Govt violating code: The INLD, which faces the threat of de-recognition, today found itself in a precarious situation as the two-member inquiry team from the Election Commission found the Haryana Government of violating the model code of conduct in police and teacher recruitment.

Cong will implement CMP, says PM: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed that the UPA\92s common minimum programme (CMP) had been Congress\92 main agenda, which the CPM and other Left parties were supporting from outside.

Col Sehgal convicted in Tehelka tapes case: A General Court Martial (GCM) of the army has sentenced Colonel Anil Sehgal, one of the officers involved in the Tehelka expose.

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Notice to Chandigarh builders for colonies in \91green belt\92: The Supreme Court today issued notices to three colonisers who were allegedly granted licences by Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh for building colonies around the city on protected green belt areas in violation of law.

Beur Jail to have jammers soon, Bihar govt tells SC: The Bihar Government today told the Supreme Court that it had decided to install jammers in Patna\92s Beur Jail to prevent use of mobile phones by prisoners.

Karnataka probe into role of cops in stamp paper scam:
Former ACP Sangram Singh has petitioned the High Court for bail claiming that the prosecution has failed to make out a prima facie case against him.

Actor Amrish Puri passes away: Actor Amrish Puri died this morning at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai after suffering a brain hemorrhage.


Musharraf warns tribesmen of tough action: Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has issued a stern warning to tribes to stop attacks on gas fields. 

Deadline for wanted militants' surrender extended: The Pakistan military authorities have extended the deadline for two wanted militants in South Waziristan to surrender to local authorities to Jan 26.

Musharraf wants US to help reach solution on Kashmir: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday stressed the need for the United States to help resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute which is the root cause of tension in South Asia.

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Indians in Washington raise $2 mn tsunami relief: Indians living in the Washington DC area have already raised over $ two million dollars for the Tsunami victims and have also established links with 1000 villages in South India for distribution of the relief monies.


Tamil Nadu wanted seer out of the south: It has petitioned the Supreme Court that the just released Jayendra Saraswati be ordered out of the southern states.

Election Commission found Haryana erring: A two-member team found violations of the election code.

US radio jockeys abused Indian girl: They were trying to be funny, and ended up spewing hate and racism.