Centre trying to ascertain facts on Chatwal cases
New Delhi: In the wake of a controversy
surrounding the Padma Bhushan given to Sant Singh Chatwal, the
Centre is trying to ascertain facts on the allegations of
criminal complaints registered against the NRI hotelier.
"We are trying to ascertain facts," Union Home Secretary
Gopal K Pillai said when asked about the reports that there
are three criminal complaints with Kerala Police, four cases
in Delhi and Kerala High Courts that named Chatwal and his
He, however, made it clear that no probe has been ordered
nor any report sought from anyone.
According to media reports, all the cases against Chatwal
were filed or registered after April 2009 and in two of these
cases, Chatwal was served summons as recently as last month.
The cases reportedly related to "non-payment of bills" by
Chatwal to the suppliers of furnishings to his newly-
constructed Kochi hotel and "criminal intimidation" of them on
the night of the launch party.
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