Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 9:
Commissionerate Police today launched its investigation into the prolonged stay of P K Iyer, vice chairman of Deccan Chronicle Group in Hotel Trident in the Odisha capital under an assumed name.
While Commissionerate Police has issued summons to the hotel authorities in the case, it examined documents of the hotel and interrogated its staff this evening, police sources said.
However, Hotel Trident authorities today clarified that they were not aware that DC Group vice chairman P K Iyer was wanted by the CBI and said they will cooperate with the police in their investigations.
“P K Iyer was an esteemed regular customer of our hotel; we had no knowledge that he was wanted by the CBI. He had checked in with a woman relative of his. The room was booked in her name. We will cooperate in the process of investigation,” the hotel authorities said in a statement.
Commissionerate Police has registered a case against the hotel on June 7.
Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrata Bhoi had on June 7 said that 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,” Bhoi had said.
Based on an intelligence input, Iyer was arrested from Hotel Trident by the Commissionerate Police in the wee hours on June 7 in connection with an Rs 357 crore bank loan fraud case.
Iyer was living in Room No 220 of Trident Hotel allegedly under the assumed name of Chitra Athwani since May 17. He had also allegedly stayed incognito in Kolkata and Port Blair before coming to Bhubaneswar.