New Delhi, Nov. 25 (NNN): As a setback to the seer’s case, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking transfer of the probe into the arrest of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Earlier, the seer was arrested in connection with the murder of a Kanchi mutt official.
Dismissing the petition, the court said that the petitioner had no locus-standi in the case.
The court also held that Singhal had based his petition entirely on newspaper reports and not tried to verify any of the facts himself.
The bench also stated that the points made in the petition were vague, since even a copy of the case FIR was not filed in the appeal.
"From the above, it is clear that no case is made out for invoking the extraordinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court. Hence, the petition is dismissed," the bench said.
Meanwhile, the Mutt in Kanchipuram has said that the decision to go to court was an independent one and had nothing to do with the seer himself.
Although the Shankaracharya or his Mutt had no direct connection with the petition, what happened in the Supreme Court will send out a message that anyone wanting to challenge the Tamil Nadu government's action will need to be much better prepared.
Religious Leaders’ Protest: Meanwhile, intensifying its campaign seeking release of Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati, the VHP today announced a nation-wide agitation early next month to be followed by a protest by top religious leaders in Chennai.
Local religious leaders would lead 'tehsil' level protest programmes across the country on December 5 to seek release of the seer "who has been arrested on trumped up murder charges," said Ashok Singhal, President, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
On December 14, top religious leaders from all major 'akharas' (sects) would converge on Chennai to hold a demonstration to build pressure on the Jayalalithaa Government to release the incarcerated Sankaracharya.
"After two key witnesses changed their statements in the Sankararaman murder case, it has become clear that the seer was arrested on trumped up charges. The Jayalalithaa Government should immediately release him honourably unless it wants to anger Hindus further," added Singhal.
Acharya Avdesh Anand of the Juna 'akhada', who was also present, said the entire agitation programme had been chalked out by religious leaders.
Singhal said the programme would be conducted under the direction of a 'Sangharsh Samiti' of religious leaders.