Police had difficult time in controlling the crowd

Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati on Wednesday gestured that he was on ‘mouna vritham’ when mediapersons sought his reaction minutes after the judgment acquitting him in the Sankararman murder case was pronounced.

Soon after the Principal District Sessions Judge C.S. Murugan delivered the judgment, the integrated court complex reverberated with celebrations by his the followers, who came from different parts of the State. While some members raised placards that proclaimed that justice had triumphed, a few others distributed sweets. Some others broke coconuts in front of the court. They lit camphor and chanted mantras.

Mr. Sundaresan, cited as an accused in the case, prostrated before the Acharya. Ravi Subramaniam, the approver who later turned hostile, became emotional.

A.S. Narashimma Aiyar of Thenninthia Prohithar Sangam, said the glory of the math had been restored and it would carry out its functions and services with more vigour.

K.M. Subramaniam and D. Lakshmana Reddy, counsel for the Sankaracharyas, said that the truth had triumphed.

But some lawyers who were not happy with the judgment made clear their objections. S. Raj Kumar, a lawyer, said despite the sensational nature of the case, the prosecution had not handled it seriously.

The police had a difficult time in controlling the crowd consisting of advocates, mediapersons, devotees of the Mutt while making way for the Acharya to board the vehicle. It took about 10 minutes for him to reach the ground floor from the court hall.

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