A warm reception was accorded to the Kanchi Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, on his arrival at the Sankara Mutt here on Saturday. Earlier, he was received him with ‘poornakumbam’ at Sarvatheertham near here around 8.15 a.m.

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and others received the Acharya at the Mutt. After the recent Puducherry court verdict in the Sankararaman murder case, the Acharya had gone to Tiruchendur and then to Tirupati, before returning here.

Talking to reporters on the Mutt premises, Dr. Swamy said there was no surprise in the outcome of the case. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, he said, should come in person and apologise to the Acharyas. An appeal against the verdict, which acquitted the Acharyas, would be futile. At the same time, if the prosecution was keen on bringing the culprits to book, it could pursue it on a different line or hand over the case to a Central investigation agency.

To a question on an electoral alliance for the Lok Sabha election, the BJP leader said it would be decided by a high-level committee of the party. But it was certain that the party might not ally with those championing “anti-Hindu politics and the Ram Sethu project.”

Chidambaram temple case

Dr. Swamy said the Supreme Court had fixed December 3 as the deadline for the Tamil Nadu government to inform it whether it would withdraw its Executive Officer from the temple or not.

The court had made it clear that if the government failed to pull out, it would issue an order in favour of the Podhu Dikshithas, who run the temple through hereditary rights.

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