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DMK accuses Jaya in Shankaracharya’s case

Friday 12 November 2004

HYDERABAD: The murder issue had become a political controversy with the main opposition party DMK announcing an agitation while accusing the state government of inaction despite information about the persons involved in the murder.

In the politics of Tamil Nadu, dominated by Dravidian parties espousing rationalist policies, Jayalalithaa was accused by the opposition of running the government on the advise of the Kanchi Shankaracharya.

The arrest of Shankaracharya in Mehboobnagar, 90 kms from Hyderabad, was preceded by high drama. A police team, comprising fully armed commandos and led by Superintendent of Police Elangovan, first went in a Cessna aircraft to Bangalore on information that he was there but later left for Hyderabad and went to Mehboobnagar by road to arrest him.

The Shankaracharya was at that time performing a ’Trikal Puja’. Accompanied by an Andhra Pradesh police team, the Tamil Nadu team explained to Shankaracharya the case and took him to custody. Earlier another police team, headed by Additional DGP K V S Murthy, had also left by air to Bangalore.

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