Sangani made $70,000 worth of repairs in order to reopen his motels, according to the suit.
In July, when the motels were faced with the threat of being shut down again, rooms were sprayed for bed bugs within 24 hours after being notified by the city of the work that needed to be performed.
Sangani also claims he hired a mold abatement company, a structural engineer and a design and consulting service which deemed the motels safe.
He made numerous requests that the city come back and inspect so he could regain his permits and resume operations. The suit, however, claims they refused to return.
"Further ... Brickles has and continued to discriminate against the Petitioners based on ownership of the Petitioner being 100-percent Indian," the suit states. "When the Petitioners submitted an expert report authored by [a] professional engineer of Indian origin, Mr. Brickles replied that he would not accept any reports to support the Petitioners cause authored by 'another Indian'."
Sangani believes Brickles, who did not return a call Friday evening for comment, and the city want to "force" him out to allow another business to buy the property.
The suit states that Mayor Edwards "offered a buyer to purchase the motels for virtually cents on the dollar."
Edwards said Friday he only asked Sangani how much he wanted for the motels, because he had heard they were for sale.
"I have a guy who keeps saying he's interested ... who is interested in developing some land," Edwards said. "[Sangani] would never tell him how much he wanted for them, so I asked him.
"Some people say we're just being mean, but we want them open -- safely. It actually hurts the city when they're closed financially, because of B&O taxes and the hotel/motel tax."
The case has been assigned to Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers.
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