Defer proceedings until `further report': Acharya

KANCHEEPURAM, MARCH 24. The Kanchi Acharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, today moved the magistrate court here, seeking deferment of proceedings in the Sankararaman murder case until the prosecution filed a `further report'.

When the case came up before the Judicial Magistrate-I, Kancheepuram, G. Uthamaraj, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi; the junior Acharya, Sri Vijayendra Saraswathi, and two other accused Palani and Senthil Kumar, were present. Arumugham, who is on bail, came to the court later.

K.S. Dinakaran, counsel for Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, filed a petition, stating the Chief Investigating Officer, S.P. Sakthivelu, was conducting further investigation (the charge sheet was filed on January 21). The officer sent summons, dated March 12, to S. Bhaskaran, a Chennai doctor, requesting him to appear before him.

The petition said he was not aware whether the court's permission for further investigation was sought. Since the matter was under further investigation, the court should await a further report from the prosecution.

The Assistant Public Prosecutor, S.Thyagarajan, said there was no locus standi for the petition. The Madras High Court disposed of the doctor's petition. The charge sheet was already filed.

Mr. Dinakaran asked why the police issued the summons when the charge sheet was filed. He enclosed a copy of the summons with the petition.

The magistrate said the prosecution could file its counter.

Remand extended

Later, the remand for the accused was extended till March 31 through videoconferencing from the Kancheepuram court.

Earlier, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi arrived in the court at 10.12 a.m. The junior Acharya came a few minutes later. Both met in a van.

Enquiries reveal that copies of the charge sheet are being prepared and are expected to be ready in a few days.

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