Delhi Police on Sunday busted a party of 18 persons — businessmen and property dealers — allegedly gambling with cards in two rooms in Le Meridien, a five-star hotel in New Delhi district.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) SBS Tyagi said, “Around 11 pm on Sunday, we arrested 18 persons from two suites in Le Meridien on a tip-off. All were booked under Public Gambling Act. The role of the hotel staff is also being investigated as they failed to report the use of hotel premises for gambling and other illegal activities. We are planning to write to the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Licensing Branch of the Delhi Police as the hotel has violated the terms of their licence by allowing a lapse of security.”
The 18 booked in the FIR include Amit Yadav, Pawan Pandit, Ikramuddin, Jitender, Krishna Kumar, Raghav Bharadwaj, Vivek Tyagi, Mukesh Kumar, Shrichand, Sunil Kumar, Gyanender Kumar, Maharajuddin, Naveen, Kailash Kumar Sharma, Sudarshan, Sunil Gupta, Ashok and Dharmender.
According to police, two of the 18 had checked into suite numbers 620 and 622 on Sunday evening. The other 16 joined them later.
Police said all 18 are either property dealers or businessmen from different parts of Trans-Yamuna area.
The accused claimed they were not habitual gamblers, but had come together on Sunday for recreation, police said.
Police recovered board money worth Rs 1 one lakh and cash worth Rs 1 lakh from the accused. During questioning, one of them told police that “they had gathered at the five-star hotel because it offers them a safe hideout from the scrutiny of police and other law-enforcement agencies”.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the hotel said, “Let the law take its own course and Le Meridien will cooperate fully with the authorities.”