Hyderabad: Following a complaint from the general manager of Hotel Taj Banjara at Road No 1, Banjara Hills, the police booked a cheating case against a customer from Andhra Pradesh who took a room for a long stay and absconded without clearing the bills.
Police said A. Shankar Narayan had struck an agreement for long stay last year. From then, he had stayed in the hotel for a total of 102 days. The hotel charges had reached Rs 25.9 lakh of which he had paid bills worth Rs 12.34 lakh.
According to the police, Narayan first approached the hotel last year and requested a room to stay for a long duration at a very special rate and reached an agreement.
Banjara Hills inspector N. Kalinga Rao said, “He checked into the hotel in April last year. He stayed in the room for 102 days till April.” With Narayan having dues worth nearly Rs 13 lakh, the hotel staff tried to contact him regarding the payment of the balance amount. Police said he postponed the payment for some time and later switched off his mobile phone.
When they could not contact him, the general manager approached the Banjara Hills police against the customer alleging criminal breach of trust and cheating. Banjara Hills police booked a case under Section 420 IPC (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) and further probe is under way....