QNet's franchise challenges ban on entering Cafe Coffee Day

Mumbai:Nearly two months after Mumbai Police ordered popular coffee shop Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) to shut doors to representatives of Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing company QNet, one of its franchises has challenged the ban in the Karnataka High Court. “Vihaan Direct Selling (India) Pvt Ltd has moved the Karnataka High Court challenging the ban imposed by the Mumbai Police,” Special Prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said. Vihaan, in its petition, has said their legal and constitutional rights were violated because of the ban. “We will be filing a reply in the Karnataka High Court ,” said Gharat.

The reply will be filed in the Karnataka High Court in due course of time, he said.

He also said that the issue of jurisdiction of the Karnataka High Court will also be raised before the court as the offence was registered in Mumbai.

On October 25, the Mumbai Police had directed CCD to shut its doors to representatives of QNet, accused of involvement in a Rs 425-crore fraud, and its franchise after it discovered that representatives and employees of the beleaguered company and its associated firms often frequented the city-based outlets of CCD to lure prospective members.

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