IndyaWire.com Bureau | 24th August 2015
According to a well-known and vocal social activist from Goa, Sudeep Dalvi, Gautam Singhania – the son of Vijaypat Singhania – founder of JK group and owner of Raymond, JK Tyres, JK Cement and Kamasutra brands – and his bodyguards forcibly tried to shove out guests and visitors from a boutique hotel in North Goa. The incident took place on Saturday night when several persons including party goers and tourists had visited the hotel.
According to Sudeep Dalvi’s post on Facebook the incident took place at a hotel “The Sol” at Nerul in North Goa. Dalvi and Carlos Gonsalves of Talking Drums, alleges that Singhania was completely sloshed and was warning all the guests in the hotel to leave the premises within “five minutes”. Dalvi states that he later on learnt that Singhania had booked the entire hotel and was pissed off seeing other locals and guests in the premises.
Says Dalvi, “Singhania was asking every one to leave in hotel in five minutes. As he did the same with to our group, I left the place and occupied the sofa in the lobby, but the “bade baap ki aulad” was destined to come all the way to me and ask me “Who are you?” The entire management, the team of bodyguards and his chamchas surrounded me as if I were a criminal out to bring harm to the scumbag. “Let me reply to his question… It’s his legitimate right to get an answer from me.” The manager literally begged, “Sir help us to handle the sit….., “What situation? I am an invited guest here,” Dalvi told IndyaWire.com through a Facebook message.
Sources told IndyaWire.com that Singhania’s entourage and body guards even manhandled some guests and tried to physically ‘shove’ them outside the hotel. Event the management and security guards at the hotel joined Singhania’s guards in showing people the door and hustling them out in a hurry.
According to a senior manager at The Sol who spoke to IndyaWire.com on condition on anonymity, “Singhania threatened to move to another hotel if all the other visitors were not evacuated immediately. He was furious that in spite of making a bulk booking and blocking several rooms, the hotel had permitted other guests on the premises.” The hotel management alleges that booking of rooms did not mean the lobby and other premises would be out of bounds for guests and patrons. However, Singhania insisted that his privacy and that of his personal guests was violated and that others should not have been invited or allowed to enter the hotel.
Dalvi has demanded an apology from “The Sol” on account of their failure to inform the general public that a “bade baap ki aulad” had booked the entire hotel for himself and that the regular visitors are not welcome.
UPDATE: According to a clarification by Sudeep Dalvi, received after this post was published, no hotel employees or security or Singhania’s staff were involved in pushing out guests – it was Singhania’s one man show, Dalvi said.
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