A businessman stayed in a luxury suite of a five-star hotel in Hyderabad for over 100 days and then fled without paying the Rs 12.34 lakh bill, the police said. According to reports, the matter came to light when the management of Taj Banjara hotel lodged a complaint with police. A case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against has been registered against the man identified as A Shankar Narayan.
According to police, Narayana – who hails from Visakhapatnam - checked into the hotel and expressed his intention to stay for a long period of time. He was given a suite at a discounted tariff by the hotel management and the man stayed in it for 102 days. After paying Rs 13.62 lakh out of his total bill of Rs. 25.96 lakh, he allegedly left the hotel in April this year without informing anyone.
When hotel staff contacted Narayana, he promised to clear the remaining bill. However, he later switched off his phone. "We have registered a case on the complaint by the hotel management and launched investigations," Sub-Inspector P. Ravi told IANS.
Police said that they are investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the businessman has reportedly claimed that he had checked out of the hotel after settling the bill. Alleging that his reputation was being tarnished, Narayan said that he was contemplating legal action against the hotel, reported IANS.