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
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.
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