Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal sports oxygen mask to surrender in murder case

first_imgDressed in a white shirt and dhoti and wearing an oxygen mask, Saravana Bhavan owner P Rajagopal arrived at a sessions court in Chennai on Tuesday to surrender to serve life term in the murder case that he has been convicted in.Earlier the Supreme Court rejected Rajagopal’s plea seeking more time.Rajagopal, who moved the apex court citing health reasons, was brought to the premises of the Fourth Additional Sessions Court in an ambulance.Another convict Janardhanan was also brought to the court in an ambulance.Following submissions of the counsel for the convicts in connection with the surrender, both of them are expected to be shifted to the Puzhal Central Prison here.Earlier in the day, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice NV Ramana dismissed the plea of Rajagopal seeking more time on medical grounds to surrender, saying his illness was not raised before the court during the hearing of the appeal in the case.Rajagopal was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment for murdering the husband of an employee’s daughter in October 2001.His appeal against the Madras High Court order upholding the trial court’s judgement convicting him was rejected by the apex court in March this year.In October 2001, the daughter of a Saravana Bhavan employee and her husband were kidnapped. Jeevajothi was the daughter of an assistant manager at one of Saravana Bhavan’s Chennai branches. Rajagopal wanted to marry Jeevajothi as an astrologer had told him to marry one Jeevajothi to become one of the richest in the country.advertisementRajagopal then was already married with two wives.Despite Rajagopal’s advances and threats, Jeevajothi went on to marry one Prince Santhakumar, a man she loved. In 2001, after the kidnapping, Jeevajothi’s husband Santhakumar’s body was found by the forest department officials from inside the Tiger Chola forests in Kodaikanal on October 31.His post-mortem report had said the cause of death was asphyxia due to throttling. Soon after, police found the cloth used for the murder.In 2004, a sessions court found Rajagopal guilty of the crime and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.Rajagopal challenged the sessions court verdict in the Madras High Court but was given life imprisonment in 2009.Rajagopal once again appealed against the verdict in the Supreme court, which upheld the Madras High Court order in March 2019.Rajgopal was asked to surrender on July 7, but he appealed again, asking for more time owing to his ill health. This was rejected by the SC.(With PTI inputs)ALSO READ | SC refuses to give more time to Saravana Bhavan owner to surrender for serving life termALSO WATCH | Saravana Bhavan founder gets life termlast_img