The owner of Popular Hotel Saravana Bhavan located in Chennai has been convicted to life term today by the Madras High court.P.Rajagopal who has been arrested for murdering Prince Santhakumar, husband of Jeeva Jyothi.He also been charged under sexual harassment on Jeeva Jyothi and a daughter of another employee Mr.Ramaswamy.He was sentenced to six years jail and fined Rs.5.5 million by fast track court.Appealing it in high court, his conviction was increased and sentenced to life term.He has been in news for nearly three years and finally he got the punishment what he deserves.The Saravana Bhavan was a popular one and it said that there are 22 outlets across the globe.
The verdict was announced by a division bench comprising Justices P.K. Mishra and R. Banumathi, who convicted Rajagopal and six others for the 2001 murder.
The Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels and restaurants, popular for their range of idlis, dosas and the like, gained further notoriety in November 2008 after Rajagopal’s son P. Shiva Kumar was arrested on a charge of forging documents to smuggle people into the US.
The charges were based on the findings of the US consulate. The arrest also resulted in the cancellation of several lucrative contracts of the hotel chain to supply food to American diplomatic missions.