Police team to visit Bihar to quiz Athwani

Bhubaneswar: A two-member team of Commissionerate Police will visit Bihar to interrogate airhostess Chitra Athwani in connection with the arrest of Deccan Chronicle vice-chairman P.K. Iyer from city-based five-star hotel Trident, said police commissioner R.P. Sharma today.

An inspector and an investigating officer are the two members of the team going to question Athwani, Sharma added.

Earlier, the police had sent summons to Athwani twice to appear before it for questioning. However, she did not come to depose before the cops. Instead, she sent a letter along with a medical report to Nayapalli police station when the summons was issued to her for second time.

Athwani stated in the letter that due to health reasons, she would not be able to appear before the Commissionerate Police as per the summons. The medical report, which Athwani had enclosed with the letter, mentioned that she received injuries in her spinal cord after a fall at her home.

Athwani had even applied for anticipatory bail in Orissa High Court but has not got any relief yet.

The Commissionerate Police is presently investigating the nature of the relationship between Iyer, who was wanted by CBI for an alleged bank loan fraud worth Rs 357 crore, and Athwani since he was arrested from a room of the hotel booked in her name.

During investigation, police found that Iyer had first arrived at the hotel with Athwani at about 2 am on February 14. They had stayed together for 10 days before she left the hotel. Iyer, however, booked a hotel room in the same hotel in her name and continued to stay till his arrest on June 6.