The editorial “A complete vindication” (Nov. 28), on the acquittal of the Kanchi seers, is a balanced reaction to the verdict in one of the most sensational trials in recent times. However, the truth behind Sankararaman’s murder, which is the subject matter of the case, will remain buried forever. Someone engineered the murder for some inexplicable reason.
The verdict is out and many of us who have been following the case with more than ordinary interest are relieved. The Sankaracharya took the ordeal in his stride. There are several unanswered questions and a neutral investigation by the CBI might shed some light.
The nine-year-long trial has highlighted two points — one, witnesses can be influenced during long trials and, two, justice delayed is justice denied.
Yashwanth Kumar Karri,
The police obviously did not do their homework in the case. Else, they would have nailed the culprit. Should the court have ordered another probe?
The justice system has failed to do justice to the family of the victim and the public. Unfortunately, Sankararaman’s kin does not have eminent people to publish his point of view.
If all the accused are innocent, who ordered and executed the broad daylight murder? The Sankararaman murder case is a classic case of justice denied to the bereaved family of the temple manager.
The killing of Sankararaman was highly regrettable and one sympathises with the family of the dead. But the manner in which vested interests made use of the incident to humiliate the Sankaracharyas and the Kanchi Mutt was reprehensible. But for the impartial manner in which the court handled the case, their designs might have succeeded. Our faith in the values of truth and justice has been reinforced.
The argument that the investigators seemed intent on pursuing only the Acharya is not acceptable. We should not lose sight of the fact that without any prima facie evidence, it would have been impossible to frame a charge sheet against a respected Mutt leader or his associates in a serious criminal case.
The judgment was influenced by the fact that many witnesses turned hostile. Under such circumstances, one should not find fault entirely with the course of investigation.