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McDonald’s likely to challenge NCLT order on Vikram Bakshi

LiveMint logoLiveMint 20-08-2017 PTI

New Delhi: US fast food chain McDonald’s is likely to move National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) this week against a National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)’s order that reinstated Vikram Bakshi as managing director of its Indian joint venture (JV) Connaught Plaza Restaurants Pvt. Ltd (CPRL).

With no signs of resolution of the conflict between the company and its JV partner in sight, 43 outlets of the fast food chain in the Capital continue to remain closed.

According to people with the knowledge of the development, McDonald’s is preparing to move the NCLAT this week against the NCLT order of 13 July. The NCLT had ordered reinstatement of Bakshi as MD of CPRL—a 50:50 joint venture between McDonald’s India Pvt Ltd (MIPL) and him.

CPRL is responsible for operating McDonald’s outlets in North and East India.

When contacted, McDonald’s India spokesperson Barry Sum declined to comment saying the company has no update to share at the moment. On the re-opening of the closed outlets, he told PTI: “The operations of the restaurants affected by the failure to renew the Eat House Licences remain suspended at the moment.”

The outlets have been closed since 29 June.

Bakshi, who was removed as the managing director of CPRL in August 2013, could not be reached for comments.

McDonald’s and Bakshi have been at loggerheads over control of CPRL and an arbitration proceeding is being pursued by the food chain at the London Court of International Arbitration in this regard, where the matter is pending. After the NCLT order, Bakshi had said CPRL would come back to its growth and operational journey the way it was prior to 2013.

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