P Rajagopal suffered a cardiac arrest on July 13 (image: twitter)

Saravana Bhavan hotels founder P Rajagopal, who is convicted of murder, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday. His health remains critical.

A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to shift P. Rajagopal, who was admitted to a government hospital after he surrendered in a murder case, to a private hospital on the grounds of declining health.

The petition filed by Rajagopal’s son stated that his condition deteriorated after he was admitted to Stanley Medical College Hospital following his surrender before the IV Magistrate court in Chennai as the Supreme Court rejected his plea seeking more time.

Rajagopal was, in fact, seen arriving at the court complex in an ambulance from Vijaya Hospital and was taken in a stretcher to court, before surrendering in the murder case. He has been awarded a life term in the case.

At the Stanley hospital, he was admitted to the “convict ward” as per the doctors’ advice.

In the petition filed by his son, he has alleged that the doctors at the government hospital changed the medicines taken by his father, which lead to his father’s health worsening. Subsequently, on July 13 he suffered a cardiac arrest, he claimed in the petition.

Some of the medical tests which were suggested by the doctors could not be done at Stanley due to inadequate facilities, he added in the plea.

Rajagopal was to surrender on July 7 to serve life imprisonment in a case of murder of Prince Santhakumar in 2001. Behind the killing, the motive was to marry Santhakumar’s wife Jeevajothi, the daughter of an ex-employee at his hotel.

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