Chandigarh

HIGH COURT GRANTS STAY ORDER ON THE FIR AGAINST OYO AND WEDDINGZ.IN

October 07, 2020 05:05 PM

● THE HIGH COURT WAS UNHAPPY BY THE MANNER IN WHICH THE POLICE REGISTERED THE FIR FOR A CIVIL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE WITHOUT VERIFYING THE MATTER ON MERITS ● THE HIGH COURT AFTER HEARING THE MATTER ON MERITS GRANTED STAY AGAINST THE SAID FIR  

 Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has granted a stay order against the FIR filed by Vikas Gupta against OYO and Weddingz.in senior leadership. In a positive move towards decriminalising civil commercial disputes where senior management of organisations are subjected to intentional and wrongful criminalisation without supporting evidence, the court was of the prima facie opinion that the said dispute was civil in nature and that there was no involvement of any criminal offence.

OYO Spokesperson said, “We are elated by this development. OYO Hotels & Homes and all our businesses including Weddingz.in have always maintained the highest level of integrity, transparency and commitment to its hotel/venue partners. At all times, in compliance with the laws of the land and operate keeping in mind the best interests of our hotel/venue partners, customers and employees. We have and will continue to refute such baseless and publicity-oriented claims made against the company’s executives.

complaintant: Vikas Gupta

By virtue of the said order all and any other proceedings in the said FIR including the notices issued under 41 A notice (issued by Police) are stayed by the Hon’ble court.

OYO Hotels & Homes had filed Section 482 Quash Petition against the FIR filed by Vikas Gupta, the owner of Casavillaz in Mohali earlier this month, registered before the PS Dera Bassi, Chandigarh. The matter came up for hearing on 28th September 2020. The High Court after hearing OYOs submission as to the facts of the dispute and the pendency of the arbitration petition before the other court, was of the prima facie opinion that the dispute was civil in nature and the FIR was in gross abuse of the process of law. The Court was also unhappy by the manner the police registered the FIR for a civil commercial dispute without verifying the matter on merits. The company had earlier clearly refuted the FIR earlier stating that it was baseless, with a malafide intent to harass OYO and its senior management and to damage the global reputation of not only OYO Hotels & Homes, but also India as a destination for global business and investment.

On this development, an OYO Spokesperson said, “We are elated by this development. OYO Hotels & Homes and all our businesses including Weddingz.in have always maintained the highest level of integrity, transparency and commitment to its hotel/venue partners. At all times, in compliance with the laws of the land and operate keeping in mind the best interests of our hotel/venue partners, customers and employees. We have and will continue to refute such baseless and publicity-oriented claims made against the company’s executives.

We have full faith in the Indian judicial system and are deeply grateful to the Hon’ble High Court upholding our rights on this matter.”

 OYO Hotels & Homes, as the world’s leading hospitality chain and all its businesses including Weddingz.in, India’s largest wedding company, has always maintained the highest level of integrity and transparency with its venue partners. OYO Hotels and Homes, despite disruptions caused by the pandemic and significant drop in revenues, has stood by its hotel partners to ensure business continuity, and subsequent recovery of the industry at large. OYO rolled out several initiatives for partner relief, by providing the necessary training to maintain the highest standards of hygiene & sanitation, empowering with the necessary technological tools, and extending financial & commercial support to all its valued partners. In fact, seeing the value OYO’s Weddingz.in brought to the table, 200+ venues joined the Weddingz.in family during the lockdown.

 
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