Court directs hotel not to admit new guests

Says allegations against the hotel are "very serious in nature"

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday directed The Park hotel not to admit any fresh guests till a writ petition filed by the hotel's financial controller was disposed of. The court said the allegations against the hotel were "very serious in nature."

Justice D. Murugesan, who passed the order on a petition filed by G.S. Rastogi, financial controller, however, said the 210 guests who were already staying in the hotel should not be evicted till October 1.

"Arbitrary, illegal"

The case relates to the suspension of the hotel's licence by the Greater Chennai Police Commissioner on Wednesday for 90 days on charges of violation of permit conditions.

Assailing the order, the petitioner said it was passed on the basis of newspaper reports. It was arbitrary, illegal" and passed without application of mind.

Mr. Justice Murugesan said: "The publication in the newspaper with regard to the incident cannot be lightly viewed.

For the prima facie consideration, newspaper reports can be taken note of by the Commissioner of Police for suspending the licence." However, considering the fact that the hotel had 210 guests, "there will be an interim stay only in respect of the guests and they should not be forced to vacate till October 1."

The Judge further said: "The Park hotel shall not carry on any activities on the strength of the bar licence. In my considered view, since the allegations are very serious in nature, it will be only proper for the Court to direct the hotel not to allow any fresh guests till the writ petition is heard and disposed of."

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