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Shutters up for McDonald's 18 outlets in New Delhi despite ongoing tussle

Connaught Plaza Restaurants Private Limited (CPRL) called a board meeting on Sunday, where a resolution was passed to reopen 21 outlets of the food-chain.

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Shutters up for McDonald's 18 outlets in New Delhi despite ongoing tussle
Earlier this month, McDonald's had shut down all of its 169 outlets in north and east India.
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McDonald's 18 outlets have reopened in New Delhi on Tuesday despite the ongoing tussle between the joint venture partners Vikram Bakshi and McDonald's India Pvt Ltd (MIPL). 

Connaught Plaza Restaurants Private Limited (CPRL) called a board meeting on Sunday, where a resolution was passed to reopen 21 outlets of the food-chain. 

Over the latest development, Vikram Bakshi, managing director of CPRL, said, "Eighteen restaurants in Delhi reopened on Tuesday". He further added that the decision was taken in the interest of all stakeholders including employees, landlords and vendors.

The board meeting was held under the chairmanship of judge G S Singhvi, who is the court-appointed administrator. 

On Thursday, the appellate court of NCLT will hear MIPL and Bakshi's lawyers on separate applications pressed by the two on termination of the licence agreement.

Earlier this month, McDonald's had shut down all of its 169 outlets in north and east India, as its agreement with Connaught Plaza Restaurant Limited (CPRL) officially ended.

There has been uncertainty over the fate of McDonald's outlets operated by CPRL after McDonald's India sent a termination of notice to CPRL last month.
McDonald's India had given time till September 5 to CPRL to operate, post which it said the franchise was barred from using McDonald's brand, trademark, and its associated intellectual property, among others.

It implied that the CPRL can no longer use McDonald's name, system, trademark, design, and associated intellectual property, among other things.
On September 6, McDonald's contract with CPRL had officially came to an end. 
Talking to news agency, PTI, a McDonald's India spokesperson said: "We will take action to enforce it (termination). However, we won't be able to discuss specific plans or courses of action."

Meanwhile, Vikram Bakshi has claimed that at least, 126 outlets in north and east India continue to operate . 

He said that outlets of the chain in places such as Gurugram, Kolkata, Durgapur and Lucknow operated by Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd (CPRL)-- the equal joint venture between Bakshi and McDonald's -- are operating in full swing.

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