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Gambling racket: Show-cause notices issued to six errant staffers of Chandigarh’s Hotel Shivalkview

On August 7, a police team had raided the hotel and caught 27 people, mostly businessmen from Punjab, gambling in a room on the fourth floor. Police also recovered Rs 16.4 lakh from the room.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2018 09:13 IST
Hillary Victor
Hillary Victor
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Gambling,Gambling racket,Chandigarh
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A week after the two-member committee formed by Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation (CITCO) indicted six employees of Hotel Shivalikview, Sector 17, in its report on the high-profile gambling racket busted by Chandigarh Police at the four-star establishment, the six have been issued show-cause notices for negligence and dereliction of duties and have also been put on the transfer list.

The six employees include Deepak Chhibber, front desk manager; Sanjay Sood, security in-charge; Nekram, housekeeping supervisor; Urvashi Arora, receptionist; and two others from the food and beverages department.

It is also learnt that the hotel deputy general manager, Sudhir Chawla, is on his way out. He got a six-month extension after his contractual term got over on July 31. However, now the corporation has put out an advertisement to invite applications to fill the post and he will be replaced as soon as the appointment is made, said sources privy to the matter.

On August 7, a police team had raided the hotel and caught 27 people, mostly businessmen from Punjab, gambling in a room on the fourth floor. Police also recovered Rs 16.4 lakh from the room.

Following this, CITCO had ordered an inquiry under Anurag Walia, deputy general manager of Hotel Mountview, and Rajpal Panwar, manager (personnel) of both hotels.

‘15 days to reply’

CITCO managing Director Jitender Yadav said: “We have issued show-cause notices to six employees and have given them 15 days to reply. In case the reply is not satisfactory, further disciplinary action will be initiated. Meanwhile, we have put all these employees on the transfer list. They will moved to another hotel in a day or two.”

Another senior officer of the corporation, who did not wish to be named, said the hotel’s deputy general manager — who holds the topmost post — failed in his duties and responsibilities by letting the gambling racket run for five days. It is a serious lapse, he said.

In its four-page report, the committee has found lapses on the part of the front desk manager, housekeeping and security. There was no coordination between the three departments and the employees failed to track the movement of gamblers — who stayed in a hotel room for five days — despite having high-resolution cameras, the report said.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 11:24 IST