HC orders shifting of Saravana Bhavan owner to private hospital

The Madras High Court today directed to shift Saravana Bhavan chain of hotels owner P Rajagopal to a private hospital for treatment.

The order was passed on a petition that was filed in the HC, seeking to shift the hotelier, who was admitted to a government hospital in Chennai after he surrendered in a murder case, to a private hospital citing deterioration in his health condition.

The petition by his son, Saravanan said, “My father is 72 years of age and at the time of judgment by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, he was seriously ill and im-mobilized and he is in bedridden condition with due care of attendance of two attenders 24 hours every day.”

It added: “I submit that the physical condition of my father is so bad and requires intense care and medication constantly which will not be available in the prison conditions. Eventhough the prison has basic medical facilities the same will not be sufficient to meet the requirements of my father.”

In a habeas corpus petition filed by Rajagopal’s son, it was stated that his condition worsened after he was admitted to Stanley Medical College Hospital here following his surrender.

The founder of popular South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan had surrendered along with another accused before a sessions court here on July 9 to serve life term in a murder case, hours after the Supreme Court had rejected his plea seeking more time.

Rajagopal, who surrendered before the IV Magistrate court in Chennai on July 8, was admitted to Stanley Medical College hospital on the same day.

Plagued by health issues, Rajagopal had, in fact, arrived at the court complex in an ambulance from Vijaya Hospital and was taken in a stretcher to the court. He then surrendered in the murder case as per the orders of the Supreme Court.