Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, July 1:
Commissionerate police today served a fresh summons on Chitra Athawani, the former airhostess in whose name vice chairman of the Deccan Chronicle Group PK Iyer was staying in Hotel Trident in the Odisha capital when he was arrested on June 6.
The summons, sent to the same Darbhanga, Bihar address that the first one was sent to, has asked her to appear before the Nayapalli police within 14 days, commissionerate police sources said today.
The decision to serve a second summons was taken after the first summons served on her on June 16 asking her to present herself before commissionerate police went unanswered. The 14-day deadline given to her expired yesterday.
“Since Chitra Athwani has not responded to the first summons served on her to present herself before the Nayapalli police station is lapsing today, we will send a fresh summons to her,” Twin city Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma had said here yesterday.
“She is being called as a witness in the case. If she fails to appear before us this time too, a non-bailable warrant (NBW) will be issued against her,” Sharma had said informing that the summons would be issued to her by the investigating officer in the case under Section 160 of CrPC.
Commissionerate police is presently investigating the nature of the relationship between PK Iyer and Chitra Athwani since he was arrested from a room booked in her name.
During investigation, the police came to know that she also stayed in the hotel for sometime.
Iyer had first arrived at the hotel with Chitra at about 2 AM on February 14. They had stayed together for 10 days before Chitra left the hotel.
Iyer, however, booked a hotel room in the same hotel in her name and continued to stay.
So far, the police have discovered that the Mumbai girl works as an air hostess and shared a very good rapport with Iyer.