HC grants Athwani anticipatory bail

Cuttack: Chitra Athwani, a friend of Deccan Chronicle vice chairman PK Iyer, was granted an anticipatory bail by Orissa High Court on Friday.

Though the Commissionerate Police had sent summons to Athwani twice to depose before it, she had been ignoring this. In a reply to the second summon sent to her, Athwani said she would not be able to appear before the police as she was unwell.

Later, the Commissionerate Police sent a team to Delhi to quiz Athwani.

Notably, Iyer, who was sought by CBI in connection with a bank fraud case, was arrested by the Commissionerate Police from a hotel in Bhubaneswar on June 5 last. The hotel room, in which Iyer was staying, was booked in the name of Athwani.