In a setback to Ramesh Narang, joint managing director of Narang International Hotels Pvt Ltd, which owns the Ambassador Hotels, the Bombay high court refused to quash an FIR filed against him by his father Rama Narang, chairman and managing director of the company.
Justice JH Bhatia dismissed the application filed by Ramesh seeking quashing of the complaint filed with the Sahar police station in December 2009, for theft, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt.
Additional public prosecutor Pradeep Hingorani argued that even though the probe was complete, they have not been able to file a charge sheet because the matter has been pending in the high court for the last two years.
Dismissing the application, justice Bhatia observed: “Neither the proceedings nor the investigation can be stopped.” However, the court said Ramesh can approach the trial court for a discharge after the police files a charge sheet.
The family resides in the company bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra. Rama lives on the first floor and Ramesh on the second floor. The ground floor of the bungalow is the company’s office.
Rama lodged a complaint on March 11, 2009, alleging that two days prior, he noticed Ramesh removing some furniture from the office into a vehicle. When Rama and his two other sons, questioned Ramesh, he (Ramesh) threatened him.
Akhil Sibal, Ramesh’s counsel, argued that it was falsely mentioned in the FIR that the furniture being moved belonged to Rama. It was the company’s furniture, which was being moved to their property that housed the flight catering service, Ambassador Sky Chef at Sahar, Sibal argued.
Shirish Gupte, Rama’s counsel said Ramesh has no legal right to remove the movable properties belonging to the company from the bungalow.