Published: | Canada

Founder of Saravana Bhavan Food Chain Begins Life in Jail Over Murder of Young Woman's Husband

P. Rajagopal, founder of the Saravana Bhavan food chain, known as the 'Dosa King' in India, will finally serve his life sentence for murdering the husband of a woman he wanted to marry -- 15 years after he was convicted.
P. Rajagopal founded vegetarian restaurant Saravana Bhavan in 1981 in Tamil Nadu, and has since turned it into an international success with locations from Germany to Canada, enjoyed by South Asian communities from around the world. He has now been convicted of murdering his love interest's husband.
 
"The case dates back to 2001, when according to court documents, Rajagopal had unsuccessfully tried to persuade the married 21-year-old daughter of an employee to become his third wife. Rajagopal lavished the woman with expensive gifts and told her false stories about her husband, including that he had HIV.
 
In September 2001, the couple decided to move house to get away from the restaurant mogul. Before they could leave, the couple was abducted and attacked by Rajagopal and a group of others.
 
The couple survived, but later that year the restaurateur hired a hit man to kill the husband, whose body was found in a forest in Tamil Nadu, the court heard. He is believed to have been strangled to death..." Continue reading at CNN.

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