C&K In­dia faces fraud probe

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AU­THOR­I­TIES in In­dia have launched a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the abrupt clo­sure of the Cox & Kings of­fice in Kolkata last week (TD 02 Oct) which saw more than 2,000 staff laid off with­out no­tice or three months’ back pay.

The Times of In­dia re­ports that po­lice have “reg­is­tered a case” against the par­ent com­pany of the col­lapsed Tempo Hol­i­days and Ben­tours (TD 04 Oct), al­leg­ing mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of tour book­ings and “cheat­ing cus­tomers... on the pre­text of con­duct­ing tours to var­i­ous for­eign des­ti­na­tions”.

The re­port says more than 15 tours to Europe, the USA, Aus­tralia and NZ have been can­celled, dis­rupt­ing the travel plans of over 1,000 peo­ple.

Com­plaints from con­sumers in­di­cate the tours were not con­ducted and no money was re­funded.

Pas­sen­gers had re­port­edly ar­rived at the air­port ready to de­part, only to be told that there were no book­ings in their names.

The CEO of Cox & Kings, Peter Kerkar, is also a di­rec­tor of Tempo Hol­i­days Pty Lim­ited which was placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion last month, putting 90 lo­cal staff out of work and see­ing un­se­cured cred­i­tors owed mil­lions of dol­lars.

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