The prime accused in the Infosys techie murder case was remanded to 15-day judicial custody on Monday.
P Ramkumar was transferred from Thirunelvelli government medical college, where he was recuperating after he attempted suicide during his arrest, to the state capital at 4:40 am on Monday. He was to be presented before a bench of the Madras high court, but given his fragile health, Ramkumar was instead taken to Royapettah government hospital, where his statement was taken by the judge.
Infosys employee Swathi S, 24, was allegedly hacked to death by Ramkumar on a busy platform at Nugambakkam railway station on July 24.
Police tracked Ramkumar to his home in Shenkottai Meenaksheepuram village, where he attempted to take his own life by slitting his throat.
Law officials said the accused was an aloof mechanical engineer who had arrived in Chennai a few months ago in search of work and became “infatuated” with Swathi. He is believed to have murdered her after she rejected his advances.
T Krishnamurthy, the advocate representing Swathi’s family, said Ramkumar should “be hanged, and the court should investigate the case thoroughly”.
Ramkumar was brought to Chennai in a heavily guarded police convoy, which included an ambulance and three doctors.