NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today upheld the punishment of life imprisonment awarded to Saravana Bhawan's owner P. Rajagopal in a 2011 murder case.
In 2004, a session's court had found Rajagopal guilty of murdering his employee, Prince Shantakumar, so as to marry his wife. He was punished with 10 years imprisonment.
Rajagopal then approached the Madras High Court challenging his conviction. In March 2009, a bench comprising Justice Banumati and P.K. Misra enhanced his 10-year imprisonment punishment to life imprisonment under the provisions of Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Supreme court today upheld the decision of the Madras High Court. Since Rajagopal has been on bail since 2009 due to health reasons, he has to surrender by 7 July.