Today, the Supreme Court has ordered P Rajagopal, the owner of Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels, to surrender. The court has upheld the conviction and life term punishment of Mr. Rajagopal for murdering an employee of Saravana Bhavan, who in 2001 was working with the hotel group.
In 2009, Mr. Rajagopal went out on bail, which was granted to him by the Supreme Court. Now has asked the convict to surrender by July 7.
However, he had challenged the verdict of Madras High Court, punished him with the life sentence, accused of murdering an employee, name Santhkumar. Mr. Rajagopal has plotted Santhakumar’s murder plan, to marry his wife, argued the prosecution.
Santhkumar dead body was found at Perumalmalai in the Kodaikanal forests.
The case went back to the 90s, when the Saravana Bhavan’s owner wanted to marry Jeevajothi, the daughter of an assistant manager at his company’s Chennai branch. During that time, Mr. Rajagopal already had two wives so Jeevajothi denied to marry him.
Later in 1999, she married Shantakumar. The prosecution informed the top court that he has threatened the couple to seek divorce. In 2001, the couple has filed a complaint about the matter with the police, reported that they were being threatened by P Rajagopal and his aides. Days after Shantakumar and Jeevajothi went to Police Station, the husband was kidnapped and brutally murdered.
Saravana Bhavan was a popular restaurant chain, which has outlets in around 20 countries including the UK, the US, Australia, and France. In India, Saravana Bhavan has around 25 restaurants, including Delhi.