P. Ramkumar, the suspected killer of Infosys engineer S. Swathi, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in the sensational murder case and told police that he is being framed in the case.
Denying his involvement in the crime, Ramkumar said, "I am innocent. I am being framed in the case as I belong to a low caste and have a poor family background."
His statement was recorded by Judicial Magistrate M Ramadhas in a government hospital in Chennai.
Ramkumar had earlier confessed to his crime and said that it was an insulting remark on his personal appearance that provoked him to murder Swathi.
According to reports, Ramkumar had proposed to Swathi thrice at different locations on different dates. A police official revealed that on one of the occasions, when he proposed to her at the Nungambakkam railway station, she verbally abused him on his look in front of other passengers at the railway station, which he couldn't bear.
Angered over the dejection, he eliminated her using a sharp metal object at Nungambakkam railway station in Chennai on June 24, Indian media reports.