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Rajagopal surrenders, lodged in jail
Tamil Nadu

Rajagopal surrenders, lodged in jail

S.Murari

Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels owner P Rajagopal, sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering the husband of a girl he wanted to marry, surrendered in the sessions court in Chennai on Tuesday and the judge ordered him be lodged in jail to serve the term.

Rajagopal (80), who was brought to the court in a wheel chair, was immediately taken to the Puzhal prison on the outskirts of Chennai and lodged to serve his time.

Rajagopal surrendered hours after the Supreme Court rejected his request for more time to surrender on medical grounds.

In all ten persons were convicted by the trial court  in 2004 for the murder of Prince Santhakumar, husband of Jeevajothi (20) a girl Rajagopal wanted to take as his third wife.  Prince Santhakumar was murdered in Kodaikanal in 2001.

The trial court sentenced them to ten years jail and Madras High Court enhanced it to life term for Rajagopal and five of his aides.  It gave lesser punishments for others.

The sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court in March this year. It gave them time till July 7 to surrender.

Rajagopal delayed the surrender by getting himself admitted to hospital. Upon the apex court rejecting his plea for more time early on Tuesday, he surrendered.