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Kanchi Shankaracharya released from jail

Tuesday 11 January 2005

VELLORE: Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati was on Tuesday released from the Vellore jail exactly two months after he was arrested in connection with a murder case.

A beaming Shankaracharya came out at 4.30 pm and was received at the jail gate by senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, VHP leader Ashok Singhal, former union minister S Thirunavukkarasar and a large number of mutt officials and devotees.

The Seer walked into the waiting yellow van of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam amidst tight security and headed for Kalavai, about 40 kms from Kancheepuram, as he has been barred from the Supreme Court from going to the Kanchi mutt.

A police vehicle followed his van as the smiling Jayendra waived to his admirers and cameramen without making any comments to waiting newspersons. Many of the devotees fell at his feet as he waded through the crowd to go to his vehicle.

Mutt sources said the Seer would start conducting prayers at Kalavai from Tuesday evening itself.

On Monday, the Supreme Court had granted bail to the Seer in the murder case, on the condition that he should not enter the Kanchi mutt till investigation in the case was over and the chargesheet was filed. He was directed to surrender his passport.

The Seer also furnished a personal bond and two sureties to the satisfaction of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chengalput.

While granting bail, the apex court had castigated Tamil Nadu Police for having gathered "no evidence or material" against him in the case.

"We are of the opinion that prima facie a strong case has been made out for grant of bail to Shankaracharya," a Bench comprising Chief Justice R C Lahoti, Justice G P Mathur and Justice P P Naolekar said while restraining the Seer from visiting the mutt till probe into the case was completed.

Mutt without Seer

However, even as the supporters of the Kanchi mutt were celebrating Jayendra Saraswathi’s bail, the Kanchi mutt was rendered headless on Monday with the arrest of junior Seer, Vijayendra Saraswati.

Vijendra Saraswathi, was arrested by Tamil Nadu police within seven hours of the Supreme Court releasing the senior pontiff on bail.

Vijayendra has been arrested and charged with murder and criminal conspiracy.

See online : Times of India

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