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Vijayendra Saraswati released from prison

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Last updated on: February 11, 2005 20:00 IST

Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati's deputy, Vijayendra Saraswati, arrested in the Sankararaman murder case, was released on Friday from the central prison in Chennai following a Madras high court order Thursday granting him bail.

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After fulfilling the bail conditions at the chief judicial magistrate's court at Chengalpattu, Vijayendra Saraswati's lawyers presented the court order to the prison authorities.

The junior Kanchi seer was arrested on January 10.

Accompanied by his lawyer and some Kanchi Mutt officials, Vijayendra Saraswati drove to the Sri Kamakshiamman temple complex at Greenways Road in south Chennai.

A temple official later informed reporters that the seer was observing a "mouna vrata" (vow of silence).

The mutt's lawyer, Y Thyagarajan, said: "There is some relief now that the junior acharya has also been released,"

Asked whether the two seers were "out of the woods" now, he said: "Well, you can say it is the beginning of the end. The crisis is over."

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