South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal passed away in Chennai’s Vijaya Hospital on Thursday due to a heart attack. He was 72. He was shifted to Vijaya Hospital from the state-run Stanley Medical College Hospital following a direction of the Madras High Court on Tuesday. Doctors in Stanley hospital had put Rajagopal on a ventilator after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Saturday night.
Rajagopal was sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2001 murder case. He along with another accused had surrendered before a sessions court on July 9 to serve life term for killing Prince Shantakumar. Rajagopal’s men had abducted Shantakumar and his body was recovered from the Tiger Chola forests. The post-mortem report revealed he had been strangulated. Rajagopal did all this to marry Shantakumar’s wife Jeevajothi.
Before the murder cas etook place, both Santhakumar and Jeevajothi had filed a case with the local police station on October 1, 2001.
Rajagopal had surrendered on November 23, 2001, and was released on bail. On July 15, 2003, he was arrested by the police again for attempting to bribe Jeevajothi with Rs 6 lakh, intimidating her and assaulting her brother.