SC upholds life term to Saravana Bhavan’s owner

  • | Saturday | 30th March, 2019

He frequently interfered in her personal matters,” thecourtsaidbefore detailing the manner in which Rajagopal got Santhakumar murdered. He usedtotalktoher over phonefrequently and gave her costly gifts such as jewellery and sarees and even paid her medical bills. “Either upon the advice of an astrologer or having become besotted with the woman, he had evinced a keen desire to take her as his third wife, though she was already married to Santhakumar (the deceased).”“In order to fulfil his desire, Rajagopal used to financially help the woman, her family members and her husband. Justice Shantanagoudar said though the prosecution case hinged mainly on circumstantial evidence and the theory of the deceased last seen with the accused, it was well established that “if the alleged circumstances are conclusively proved before the court by leading cogent and reliableevidence, the court need not look any further before affirming the guilt of the accused.” "Having regard to entire material on record and totality of facts and circumstances, we find that the evidence fully proves the prosecution case and that the trial court as well as the high court evaluated the material on record in its proper prospective while coming to their conclusion.Thus, the judgment of the trial court as modified by the HC need not be interfered with," the bench said and dismissed the appeal against the Madras HC's decision to award life sentence to Rajagopal and his associates in crime.The SC gave details of Rajagopal’s obsession with taking the married woman as his third wife.

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