A stool for shankaracharya
The Madras High Court hearing Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati's bail plea and the Kancheepuram magistrate hearing the prosecution's application for police custody of the seer reserved their judgements on Thursday. After hearing both the sides for over three hours, the magistrate said he would give his orders on Friday morning.
Even that short deferment was a small victory for the defence that had tried to stave off the seer going into police custody. It showed as the Shankaracharya finally managed a smile after sitting through the hearing with an exasperated look.
The only concession offered to him during the day was a stool to sit on in the accused box.
Magistrate G Uthamanthan first read out why the police wanted to put the seer under five days of custody and asked him if he had anything to say.
"They accuse me of conspiracy," he replied in a low, often inaudible tone. "In truth all this is a conspiracy of the police. I am innocent. This is a foisted case. The evidence is fabricated. I am already in the custody of the court so the same can continue."