After the judgment, visibly relieved Kanchi seers Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, who are the prime accused in the sensational case, were escorted by the police and mutt inmates to their vehicle. Police struggled to clear the mob that surrounded the seers and managed to help them board the vehicle.
The seers and other people preferred not to speak to the media. Relatives of the other acquitted cried profusely and hugging their dear ones. A couple of inmates of the mutt celebrated the acquittal of their spiritual leaders by breaking coconuts at the entrance of the court.
Meanwhile, the advocates' wing of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi staged a protest on the premises of the integrated court complex condemning the acquittal of the two seers and 22 others. About a dozen cadres raised slogans criticizing the judgment.
Earlier, delivery of verdict was delayed when two of the accused persons did not appear before the court. After recording the presence of 22 accused persons at 10.27am, the judge gave time for the other two to appear before him. Sylvester Stalin, accused 23, appeared within a few minutes while Dhil Pandian, accused 17, who was involved in another murder case, is absconding.
The judge took the case again at 10.50am and delivered the less than three-page verdict in 15 minutes.
A heavy posse of policemen was deployed on the court premises to prevent any untoward incident.
The names of acquitted persons are - Jayendra Saraswathi, Vijayendra Saraswathi, Sundaresa Iyer, Raghu, Krishnaswamy alias Appu, Kadiravan, Chinna alias Rajnikath, Ambi alias Ambigapathy, Madu Baskar, Kumar, Anand Kumar, Anil Kumar, Meenakshi Sundaram, Palani, Ravi alias Kuruvi Ravi, Arumugam, Dhil Pandian, Satish, Devaraj, Arun, Arumugam, Sekar, Stalin alias Sylvester Stalin and Senthil Kumar.