SC Upholds Life Sentence Of Hotel Chain Proprietor
The Hindu|March 30, 2019
SC Upholds Life Sentence Of Hotel Chain Proprietor

Rajagopal’s henchmen killed staffer

Krishnadas Rajagopal

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life imprisonment awarded to P. Rajagopal, proprietor of the popular Saravana Bhavan hotel chain, for murdering an employee 18 years ago.

Santhakumar was strangled and his body dumped in the Tiger-Chola forest area by Rajagopal’s henchmen.

Rajagopal wanted to make Santhakumar’s wife, Jeevajothi, his third wife.

The court concluded that the steadfast testimonies of Jeevajothi and her family, the circumstantial evidence, the recovery of personal items such as the wallet and a gold chain of the victim, along with forensic techniques like the superimposition test to identify the body, undoubtedly pointed to the guilt of Rajagopal and his henchmen.


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March 30, 2019