New Delhi: Saravana Bhavan owner P Rajagopal, convicted in a murder case, died on Thursday morning. He was put on a ventilator on Saturday night after a massive heart attack. (Also read: Saravana Bhavan Owner Cites Ill Health, Seeks Time in Beginning Jail Term)
Rajagopal had to surrender in court on July 9 in an ambulance wearing an oxygen mask. He had sought time citing his ill health but the court had not relented following which, he was taken into custody to serve his 15-year prison time.
Rajagopal was admitted to the Stanley hospital’s prison ward, said reports. But he suffered a heart attack there. His son Sarvanan had pleaded for him to be shifted to a private hospital. The court had granted permission to transfer Rajagopal to a private hospital.
Rajagopal was convicted in the kidnap and murder of Prince Santhakumar, husband of a Jeevajothi whom he intended to marry as his third wife.
Despite Rajagopal’s threats, Jeevajothi went on to marry Prince Santhakumar, a man she loved. In October 2001, the couple was kidnapped. In 2001, after the kidnapping, Jeevajothi’s husband Santhakumar’s body was found by the forest department officials in Kodaikanal on October 31.
His post-mortem report had said the cause of death due to throttling. Soon after, police found the cloth used for the murder. In 2004, a sessions court found Rajagopal guilty 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.