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Pinpoint evidence, SC tells TN Police

Pinpoint evidence, SC tells TN Police

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: January 7, 2005
URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/983040.cms

Introduction: Nariman Rips allegations against Kanchi Seer, says they are figment of police imagination

The Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu Police to "pinpoint" evidence linking the Kanchi seer to the murder of Sankararaman.

The direction from the apex court came when the counsel for the Kanchi Shankaracharya sought to point out contradictions in the evidence cited by the police against the seer.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice RC Lahoti and justices GP Mathur and PP Naolekar, after hearing the counsel of the Sankaracharya, Fali S Nariman, asked the prosecution counsel KT S Tulsi to "pinpoint" the evidence against the accused "without dwelling too much into the motive behind the crime".

This observation came after Mr Nariman punched holes into the prosecution theory by saying the much-touted evidence about a huge amount of money being withdrawn from ICICI Bank at Kancheepuram by the mutt at the behest of the seer to pay the assailants was nothing but a figment of the police's imagination.

He said no money was withdrawn from the bank and, realising this, the prosecution is now saying that cash amounting to Rs 50 lakh was obtained from the sale of land.

Mr Nariman said this money could not have been paid to assailants in September as a mutt manager has stated before a court that the money received from the land deal was deposited in a bank in May last year, much before Sankararaman was murdered.

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