Judge invokes Adi Sankara to refuse bail to mother killer

Published: 03rd August 2016 06:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2016 06:23 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: THE Madras High Court has refused bail to a son, who killed his mother by pushing her into a well.

Justice S Vaidyanathan, who refused bail to K Sathyakumar of Anna Nagar West Extension, said he was reminded of Adi Sankara, who took up sanyasa against the will of his mother Aryamba, on condition that he should be present near her death bed and also perform the last rites.

As per her wish, Adi Sankara was near his mother at the time of her death and also performed the funeralrites. At that time, he composed five verses in praise of motherhood, which welled up from the depth of his mind. The verses highlight that human beings are here because of mothers. The pains she takes in bringing the children forth alive, the several months that she carries us all within her so stoically. Such is motherhood!

Adi Sankara recognized the immense pains a mother experiences, during and after the birth of a child. He remembers mother’s sufferings during the early months of pregnancy, He recognizes the janitorial services she renders to the child with great joy and affection. To such a mother, he says, “my salutations”!

“When a sanyasi, who has renounced his family has felt the importance of performing the last rites for his mother, the petitioner, who is a family man, who is all along with his mother, without even having regard that she brought him up and fed him, is alleged to have murdered her. Hence, this Court is not inclined to grant the relief sought by the petitioner,” the judge said and dismissed the bail application.

The judge, however, said it was open to the petitioner to file a fresh petition before the lower court and the same could be considered by that court in accordance with law and this order would not debar it from taking up the matter, the judge added.

Sathyakumar was arrested by JJ Nagar police and remanded in judicial custody on June 24.


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