Principal District and Sessions Judge C S Murugan on Friday adjourned the hearing on petitions filed by Sankararaman’s wife Padma to June 22 as her counsel, Manikandan, could not appear in court due to illness.
Judge Murgan was to hear the petitions on Friday, but when it was taken up, Padma, who was present in the court along with her son Anand Sharma, informed the judge that her counsel had been admitted to a Coimbatore hospital.
Padma and Anand Sharma also submitted all the related documents on the counsel’s illness and prayed for time. The judge then posted June 22 as the date for the final hearing and directed the counsel to appear without fail on that day.
The judge said whether the counsel appeared in the court or not, he would pass orders on merit as per the directions given by the Madras High Court. Late Sankararaman’s wife, Padma, in the petitions, sought “re-examination” of her and her family members in the case and “police protection” for them.
It may be recalled that Madras High Court had directed Judge Murugan, before whom the Sankararaman murder case was pending, to dispose of the petitions of Padma dated April 10 and 11 expeditiously.
Sankararaman, Manager in the Varadaraja Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram, was allegedly murdered on the premises of the temple on September 3, 2004.