Saravana Bhavan Founder, Serving Life Term, Dies In Chennai Hospital

NEW DELHI: The Founder and owner of the famed Saravanabhavan chain of restaurants P Rajagopal, died a week after he surrendered at the Madras High Court. He had arrived at the court with an oxygen mask strapped to his face after the Supreme Court turned down a plea to delay his sentence on medical grounds.

In 2004, P Rajagopal was convicted in the kidnapping and murder of an employee, Santhakumar. A local court had sentenced Rajagopal and eight others involved in the murder to 10 years in prison. Five years later the Madras High Court upheld the verdict and increased the sentence to life in prison, a punishment then upheld by the Supreme Court in March this year.

Rajagopal had been admitted to a private hospital after his surrender.

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