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Chandigarh’s Park Plaza management says staff, guests ‘manhandled’

punjab Updated: Aug 28, 2016 11:36 IST
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Hotel Park Plaza

Hotel Park Plaza CMD HS Arora addressing a press conference in Chandigarh on Saturday.(HT Photo)

A day after the physical possession of Hotel Park Plaza in Sector 17 was passed on to a consortium of lenders amidst high drama, hotel management alleged that guests and employees were harassed and the entire place ransacked while carrying out the exercise.

The UT administration’s senior officials have denied the allegations and said the entire exercise was conducted as per law.

On Friday, hotel management deployed bouncers and staff members to resist the move, but could not succeed. Owners of the hotel have failed to pay back a Rs 130-crore loan to Punjab National Bank, United Bank of India and Assets Reconstruction Company of India, that started in 2007. A posse of around 40 officers from the three stakeholders, accompanied by support staff and police, sealed the hotel in three hours’ time.

The hotel management held a press conference and addressed the media and alleged that the government officers created havoc at the hotel on Friday. The hotel’s chief managing director HS Arora said, “The government should explain what was the hurry to take the physical possession of a running hotel despite the fact that the matter was already pending before the debt recovery tribunals and was to come up on August 29.”

All 250 guests were asked to vacate the premises within five minutes.

On August 3, district magistrate Ajit Balaji Joshi had ordered that the possession of the hotel be passed on to these lenders after they moved an application.

Arora added that it was surprising that immediately after the bank’s counsel took a date from the DRT, the bank published a notice in the newspaper on August 24 that it was coming to take physical possession of the property with full force on August 26.

He also alleged that hotel property was also damaged. The possession team even stopped the lifts and vandalised the control room of the hotel, he added.

General manager Bharat Bhushan Goyal said hotel rooms, other scheduled activities and restaurant were functioning as usual. We are not taking any bookings for rooms and the banquet after 31 August.