Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 8:
Coming down hard on Hotel Trident, a star hotel in the Odisha capital, for providing accommodation to the P K Iyer, vice-chairman of Deccan Chronicle (DC) group, who was arrested by Commissionerate police on Saturday in connection with a Rs 357 crore bank loan fraud case, police registered two cases – one against the hotel management and the accused.
Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of police Satyabrata Bhoi said a case had been registered against the hotel authorities and against Iyer. “The hotel management is accused of providing accommodation to a wanted criminal, who had been staying in the hotel for the past few months on a fake identity,” he said.
“It might be a criminal conspiracy hatched by the Trident hotel management in keeping Iyer against whom the CBI had registered a fraud case and was in the hunt in connection with an alleged loan fraud to the tune of Rs 350 crore,” he said, adding, the truth will come out after a thorough investigation into the case.
“It is the work of hotel staff to verify information about a person before providing a room in such hotel. By doing such an illegal act, the hotel management is violating Sarai Act and Sec 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sec 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.PC) Act. So we have registered the case against them,” he added.
At the same time a case has been registered against Iyer as he had submitted fake identity to the Hotel management to book the room, the DCP maintained out.
Sources in the Commissionerate police said Iyer was living in Room No 220 of Trident Hotel here under the assumed name of Chitra Athwani since May 17. He had stayed incognito in Kolkata and Port Blair before coming to Bhubaneswar, the sources said.
Notably, based on an intelligence input, Iyer was arrested by commissionerate police from Hotel Trident in the wee hours on Sunday and handed over to the CBI.