Indian fast food chain ‘unwittingly’ sells beef and chicken to American outlet
A fast food restaurant chain that has been criticised for selling pork to an American outlet is now being sued for violating the US ban on human trafficking.
Indian fast food outlet Belly Up Belly is now facing a lawsuit from the American outlet after a video posted on YouTube in June 2018 showed the owner of the chain, Gopal Subramaniam, selling a product to a man who is also a customer of the outlet.
The complaint alleges that the company is knowingly violating the ban on buying, selling, transporting, exporting or importing human beings into the US.
“As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Defendant has been held personally liable for Defendant’s failure to prevent Defendant from engaging in the prohibited conduct,” the lawsuit says.
Subramaniham has since left the company and was recently placed on administrative leave.
In a statement, the company said the company would be taking legal action against the lawsuit.
Earlier this year, Subramam was placed on leave by the company after a whistleblower accused him of allowing a customer to be forced into a “humiliating” relationship with a woman.
He resigned as a director, and was later suspended for three years.