Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal, facing life term in murder case, dies

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Saravana Bhavan owner P Rajagopal, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in a murder case died on Thursday morning following a cardiac arrest.

Rajagopal had surrendered along with another accused before a sessions court on July 9 to serve life term for the murder of his employee.

The founder of a popular food chain who suffered a cardiac arrest at Stanley Medical Hospital was shifted to a private hospital on Wednesday for further treatment.

Passing an interim order on a petition filed by Rajagopal’s son, the top court had directed the state government and the authorities from prison to transfer Rajagopal from the Stanley Hospital to the Vijaya Hospital.

On Tuesday the apex court had refused to entertain a plea of Rajagopal seeking more time on grounds of ill health, saying his illness was not raised even for one day during the hearing of his appeal.