October 23, 2019

NCLAT directs estranged McDonald’s partner Vikram Bakshi to deposit Rs. 5 crore for permission to travel overseas

[ by Legal Era News Network ]


The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) directed Vikram Bakshi, the estranged McDonald’s partner and his wife Madhurima Bakshi to deposit Rs. 5 crore each for permission to travel abroad. The NCLAT had restrained Bakshi from travelling abroad on September 18, 2019.

Bakshi’s counsel informed the NCLAT that Bakshi would soon clear the dues of Hudco. But the NCLAT said he would have to furnish the security deposit first before he can travel abroad.

The NCLAT order stated that “Fraud is committed by you. You have violated the orders of Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT). You can violate our order also,"DRT has asked not to transfer (your share) and you transferred it in violation of its order.”

In September, NCLAT had said it will review the settlement between fast food major McDonald's and its Indian partner Vikram Bakshi over the sale of his shares in Connaught Plaza Restaurants Ltd (CPRL).

McDonald's wholly owns CPRL after Bakshi transferred his share in the joint venture to the US-based firm. CRPL had temporarily shut down its 160 stores and reopened 13 restaurants in Delhi and its suburbs in May. On May 6, McDonald's and Bakshi had told NCLAT that they were working towards an out-of-court settlement to end their dispute.

Both Bakshi and McDonald’s had approached the NCLAT to withdraw cases filed against each other but it was opposed by Hudco, which is claiming Rs. 195-crore dues from Bakshi.

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