Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 17:
After making the commissionerate police wait for 11 days, Abhimanyu Lodha, the general manager (GM) of Hotel Trident in Odisha Capital, today appeared before the Nayapalli for questioning in connection with the prolonged stay of P K Iyer, vice-chairman of the Deccan Chronicle (DC) Group in the hotel in the name of a woman Chitra Athwani.
According to Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Satyabrata Bhoi, Lodha appeared before the Nayapalli police station at around 12.50 PM. He was questioned for nearly 45 minutes before leaving the police station at 1.35 PM. His statement has been recorded by the police.
During interrogation by the investigating officer (IO) in the case, Lodha was asked around 15 questions in connection with the prolonged stay of Iyer in the hotel which was booked in the name of Chitra Athwani.
“Lodha has given all his statements in writing to the questions asked by the IO. The answers will be verified further. If his replies are found unsatisfactory, then we will ask him to appear before us again,” said the DCP.
“I have asnwered all the questions asked by the police. I will fully cooperate with the police in the investigation,” a hassled Lodha told media persons after coming out of the police station.
He said he did not know that Iyer was a fugitive from law and there was an NBW pending against him at the time of providing him hospitaliity.
Nayapalli police sources said in a reply to question on the stay of Iyer in the hotel, Lodha had held clerical staff of the hotel responsible. However, the police did not reveal any specifics on the set of questions asked to him.
Lodha had been served a notice by the Commissionerate Police for questioning in connection with the case on June 6, the day Iyer was arrested by the police, police sources said.
On June 11, his counsel had told the police that Lodha will not be able to appear that day as his wife was sick and had sought ten days’ time.