There Can Be Only One Tunday Kababi Says High Court


Finally. The Delhi High Court has taken a call on who can name their outlet ‘Tunday’ Kababi, since over the past few years many outlets have mushroomed with the same or similar name. The original Tunday Kababi in Lucknow started operation way back 1905 with Haji Murad Ali in the crossroads of the Chowk area. Since then, the eatery has been famous for the softest, most succulent Galauti Kebabs that one could have ever had. The popularity of the dish has caused many copycat eateries to mushroom in Delhi. A case was filed in 2014 after a Delhi man obtained franchisee rights to open a restaurant under the name ‘Lucknow Wale Tunday Kebabi’. The Delhi High Court has ruled that the ‘Tunday Kababi’ name belongs exclusively to Muhammad Usman, the grandson of Haji Murad Ali ‘Tunday’ in Lucknow.

The Original Tunday Kababi In Lucknow Is The Real One

The Delhi High Court was hearing a case between the original Tunday Kababi and a competing food chain set up by a Delhi man under the name Lucknow Waley Tunday Kababi. Apparently, the latter is claimed to be owned by Haji Murad Ali’s maternal grandson, Mohammad Muslim.

For over a century, the iconic Tunday Kababi has been serving connoisseurs their signature Galauti Kebabs made from buffalo meat. But in the last few decades, many eateries have mushroomed and make similar kebabs and use the word Tunday, which makes it difficult to differentiate between what is or isn’t real.

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Mohammad Usman filed a case in 2014 after coming to know of the franchisee rights that Mohammad Muslim had given to a man in Delhi to open a similar establishment under the name of Lucknow Wale Tunday Kababi. The debate on the ownership quickly turned into a debate on the lineage. In the year 1905, Haji Murad Ali started his kebab-paratha shop on Gol Darwaza Street in Chowk area—the busiest marketplace in Lucknow. He was referred to as ‘tunday’ kebabi because he only had one arm. He lost the other in a kite-flying match. He was offered the royal patronage of the Nawab of Lucknow after he won a contest for making the most delicious kebabs. His eatery came to be known as Tunday Kababi and his signature dish’s recipe is still a well-guarded secret.

To that effect, Mohammad Usman claims that he has been using the trademarked name ‘Tunday Kebabi’ and the logo since 1995 when his father Haji Rais Ahmed started another outlet in Aminabad. Mohammad Muslim, however, says that he’s the direct legal heir to the family business because Haji Murad Ali had no children of his own and had adopted his brother’s daughter, to whom he was born out of wedlock. Justice Jayant Nath, in his judgment pronounced last month, said that Mohammad Muslim has filed no evidence to support his contention as being legal heir of Mr. Ali.

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