Hotel “approached MHA before Chidambaram’s term”

Sunair Hotels Ltd is mired in a row after the media reported that Home Minister P Chidambaram had helped closing a criminal case against it.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2011, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Sunair Hotels Ltd, which is mired
in a row after the media reported that Home Minister P
Chidambaram had helped closing a criminal case against it,
today suggested it had made representations to government
before he took over and the decision was taken after "due
deliberations".

In a statement issued here, the company said it had been
made a "scapegoat in the entire political episode" but did not
elaborate.

"We wish to clarify that the company has been repeatedly
writing since 2005 that cases are false and civil in nature.

This has been wrongly stated that the request for closure was
made since Mr Chidambaram took over as Home Minister in 2008,"
it said.

The case relates to a dispute between Sunair Hotels and a
finance company which had filed a criminal case against the
hotel.

"The company had written to the Home Secretary (UT) for
the first time in 2005 and to the Home Secretary in 2006 for
closure of FIR and written to the then Home Minister Mr
Shivraj Patil in 2006," the statement said.

It insisted that the issue is civil in nature, which "can
be gauged from the fact that in 2001, the Chief Prosecutor of
the government has opined that that matter is civil financial
in nature and no case is made out."

Sunair Hotels said "the decision was taken by the
government after due deliberation and a committee completely
looked into all aspects, then only the decision was taken and
media reports are completely one-sided."

PTI