Navneet Kalra’s social media reveals a lavish lifestyle, a successful business and photos of series of celebrities who visit his restaurants Town Hall, Mr Choy, Nege and Ju, and most famously Khan Chacha in Lutyen Delhi’s Khan Market.
Needless to say, Navneet Kalra is a renowned Delhi businessman and a regular on Page 3. But today, the headlines he hit are not likely to feature in the celebrity section of any newspaper.
Navneet Kalra, who also owns Dayal Opticals, is being hunted by the police for allegedly running a black-marketing racket from two of his restaurants. The Delhi Police on Friday raided Khan Chacha restaurant and recovered 96 oxygen concentrators — medical equipment being used in oxygen level management by Covid-19 patients in home isolation.
BIGGEST HAUL |
419 #OxygenConcentrators seized by @DCPSouthDelhi #DelhiPolice PS Lodhi cly team from restaurant & bar Nege Ju and a south delhi farmhouse in raid on #hoarding #blackmarketing Were criminally profiteering by selling at 3 & half time rates to needy ppl. 4 arrested. pic.twitter.com/eJwDvw3fID
— #DilKiPolice Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) May 6, 2021
A day earlier, the police had recovered 419 oxygen concentrators after raiding Kalra’s bar Nege and Ju and a linked farmhouse.
The raid at Khan Chacha, a place frequented by politicians, film stars and sports personalities for the past several decades, started a Twitter frenzy as people rushed to slam the owner of the iconic establishment for besmirching its good name. However, most of them got it wrong at first.
The Khan Chacha brand was not always owned by Navneet Kalra. The eatery, which has now become a chain, was first started by Haji Banda Hasan or “Khan Chacha” in 1972 in the bylanes of the Khan Market. Over the years, it grew from being a small stall in the back lane to a brand to reckon with as everyone from students to celebrities flocked there to grab a bite.
As Haji Banda Hasan’s sons Javed and Saleem joined the business, they expanded. In 2010, the family joined hands with Navneet Kalra. For some years, the partnership flourished only to end in a split. The two sides fought a bitter court battle over ‘Khan Chacha trademark’. Kalra claimed that Haji Banda Hasan and his sons had signed over the rights to the brand name to him, while they alleged that the documents were forged.
The brand name is currently being used by Navneet Kalra, while Haji Banda Hasan and sons have launched a new eatery chain.
Source: India Today