New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to Hyatt Regency for alleged negligence in the incident where former BSP leader Rakesh Pandey’s son, Aashish Pandey was seen brandishing a gun at guests and threatening them in the foyer of the five-star hotel.
Three teams of Delhi Police are in Lucknow to trace the accused and also issued a Look-Out Circular (LOC) for Pandey. The police said an FIR has been registered under the Arms Act and sections of the IPC, including those related to causing hurt (323), criminal intimidation (506) and using force with the intent to outrage the modesty of a woman (354).
The police have alerted all the airports across the country about Pandey. According to news agency ANI, the check post along Uttar Pradesh-Nepal border has also been put on alert. Delhi Police has collected the details of Arms License of Aashish Pandey and have initiated the process to cancel the same.
In the notice to the 5-star hotel, the police have asked why action should not be taken against it. The hotel has been given 15 days to respond to the notice, the official said.
In a statement issued earlier in the day, the Hyatt Regency assured the authorities conducting the probe of full cooperation.
“We assure our support and will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities in reference to any further investigation in this matter,” the hotel said in the statement.
The Delhi Police said the complaint about the incident was received on Monday from the assistant security manager of the Hyatt Regency hotel in RK Puram.
The incident, a video of which went viral on the social media, occurred in the early hours of Sunday, police said.
In the video, Ashish Pandey, whose brother Ritesh Pandey is an MLA in Uttar Pradesh, is purportedly seen brandishing a gun in the foyer of the hotel, a police officer said.
After the video went viral, Gaurav, son of former Congress MLA Kanwar Karan Singh, sent a written statement Tuesday afternoon to the police. In the evening, he went to the police in person and recorded his statement.
Gaurav, a businessman in his late 20s, had gone to the woman’s washroom in the hotel to help a friend, who was unwell and Pandey’s friends, who came to the washroom, created a ruckus over it and subsequently, it snowballed into an argument.
Pandey then walked up to his BMW car and got the weapon from it.
Police said the security staff of the hotel told them that the accused and victims were partying at a nightclub in the hotel and had an argument over using the washroom.
A woman accompanying the accused abused the victims and called them “transgenders”, a senior officer privy to the probe said.
It is suspected that both the parties involved were drunk at the time of the incident, he said.
“No PCR call was made by any of the parties or even by the hotel authorities. It is negligence on the part of the hotel as something major could have happened.
“We had written to the licensing branch about the hotel’s negligence and they have issued a show-cause notice to the hotel,” another officer privy to the probe said.
He said after the video went viral, police contacted the hotel authorities following which they lodged the complaint.
(With PTI Inputs)