A case under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act has been registered against Kanchi seer Vijayendra Saraswati's brother R Raghu, Kanchi mutt manager R Sundaresa Iyer and five others, police said on Wednesday.
Raghu, Sundaresa Iyer and Kathiravan, arrested in the Sankararaman murder case, had already been detained under the Goondas Act under which they cannot get bail for a year. The Act is normally invoked against habitual offenders.
They have now been booked under Section 20(1) (punishment for contravention in relation to cannabis plant and cannabis) of NDPS Act.
Others against whom the case has been registered were Meenakshisundaram, Kathiravan's brother Alankar, Akhilan and Kumar, the sources said, adding that the case was registered by Chengalpattu police on April 2.