The branch of popular South Indian restaurant Sarvana Bhawan in Connaught Circus’s P-block has been forced to down shutters following a Delhi High Court order taking note of the fact that the lease for the property deed expired in September last year. The court on Tuesday directed the restaurant to hand over the property to its owner. Justice S N Dhingra ordered the restaurant to vacate the property,registered in the name of M/s Thanigai Murugan Restaurants Pvt. Ltd,on a petition by its owner,Subhash Chander Gupta.
The restaurant had taken the property (P-15) on the ground floor on rent for five years. On expiry of the lease term in September 2008,the owner wanted the restaurant to vacate the property as they could not agree on extension of the term,but the tenant refused.
Gupta had alleged that the tenant did not approach him for renewal of the lease three months before its expiry as per the agreement. However,counsel for the restaurant denied all allegations.The lease had been signed in December 2004 between the parties for five years,which expired September 30,2008 last year. Thereafter,the parties could not arrive at an agreement and no lease was executed and registered.