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The City Police on Thursday took into custody a Coimbatore-based lawyer couple accused in a sensational murder case investigated by the Tamil Nadu Police.

Officials said the arrested was E T Rajavel, 47, and Mohana, 38, who murdered the former’s woman client and cremated the body at a public crematorium under the pretext that it was Mohana’s body. They were taken into custody from a private lodging at Kovalam by a police team led by the Deputy Police Commissioner.

’The arrest was based on a specific information from Coimbatore Police. They will be handed over to a team of officials from Rathnapuri Police soon,’’ Fort Assistant Commissioner K S Suresh Kumar said.

According to the Coimbatore Police, Rajavel, committed the crime on December 11, 2011, to save his wife from a multi-level marketing fraud probed by the Odisha Police. Mohana was a partner in Right Max multi-level marketing company, which allegedly swindled over Rs 12 crore from various persons in Odisha.

The victim was Ammasai, 45, of Sivananda Colony who approached the lawyer for his assistance to win a property dispute with her husband. ‘’Rajavel, along with his driver Palanisamy and friend Ponnarasu, strangulated the woman at his office. The body was later taken to his residence where ‘last rites’ were performed before cremating at the electric crematorium,’’ they said.

The relatives of the woman subsequently filed a missing case at the Rathinapuri Police Station. Rajavel later secured a death certificate from the Coimbatore Corporation in December 2011.

The incident came to light when Mohana, through a court order, approached the Corporation to get the death certificate cancelled. The Corporation officials soon sought a police probe which revealed the mystery.

The City Police said the couple reached Kovalam on Wednesday night in a hired cab.

They later checked into a lodge at Palace Junction at Kovalam after reaching here. The Coimbatore Police who received information alerted the City Police and travel agency which rented out the cab.

The police chased them and apprehended them.

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