Chennai : The Raravana Bhavan chain of restaurants has sacked its high-profile cashier Vasool Raja, on charges that he was allowing certain customers to jump the queue if they lined his pocket. The proprietors of the south Indian food group told Tenali Rama that they have always followed the first-come-first-served policy.
“Vasool Raja thambi manipulated the system by making the chief waiter his accomplice. The two would identify a customer who was in a hurry to get his breakfast or meal and serve him fast if he paid Raja a bribe. Sometimes instead of one halwa, they would give him a plate of halwa extra, of course for a bribe. The money was not coming into our cash box,” explained the proprietor. The restaurant owners claim Vasool Raja used the bribe money to buy TV sets for his guru who taught him accounting as well as helped set up a cable TV business for the master’s daughter.
Following a police complaint, the premises of the cable TV channel was raided and the daughter interrogated to find out the money trail. The guru has alleged that Vasool Raja was being targetted by the Raravana Bhavan proprietors because he is a Dalit and has warned that he will ask all his students never to eat at Raravana Bhavan restaurants if they do not stop this witchhunt.
In a statement, Raravana Bhavan simultaneously announced the appointment of its new cashier, Nilgiris Raja. Interestingly, this Raja was released from Tihar Jail on bail only today. Nilgiris Raja, who ran a shop that handed out prepaid mobile connections for service providers like Idea, Loop, Spice, got into trouble when it was found that he was charging more for less talktime. His lawyer’s argument that Raja had caused zero loss to the Department of Telecom did not cut ice with the court.
The proprietors said Raja has turned a new leaf and has in fact, suggested a new business model. Henceforth, on Raja’s advice, food at Raravana Bhavan restaurants will be auctioned and the highest bidder for masala dosa, idly-vada-sambar, onion uttappam, quick meals etc will get his order first. This is expected to boost the revenue at Raravana Bhavan.
The only hitch is that Nilgiris Raja has been asked not to visit Raravana Bhavan’s restaurants in Tamilnadu without the court’s permission and hence he will be based at the restaurant near Parliament House in New Delhi.
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