The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life term sentence awarded to P Rajagopal, the owner of the ‘Saravana Bhavan’ group of hotels for murder.
SC dismissed the plea by Rajagopal challenging the Madras High Court verdict and asked him to surrender by July 7. He is out on bail granted by the Supreme Court in 2009.
Rajagopal, in the second half of the ’90s, wanted to marry Jeevajothi, the daughter of an assistant manager at Saravana Bhavan. Rajagopal had two wives at that time and Jeevajothi objected to the marriage. She later married Santhakumar who was found murdered at Perumalmalai in the Kodaikanal forests.
The couple had complained to the police about the threats from Rajagopal.
Saravana Bhavan is a popular restaurant chain with branches across nearly 20 countries.