The CEO of USA-based McDonald’s Corporation, top officials of McDon-ald’s India and several businessmen have been summoned by a court here for alleged criminal conspiracy and siphoning of hundreds of crores from the food chain’s Indian subsidi-ary Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPR) Ltd.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magis-trate Sandeep Garg passed the order on the complaint of Delhi-based Deepak Khosla against top officials of various companies al-legedly involved in the conspiracy, including ex-CPR Managing Director Vikram Bakshi and his wife for siphoning of over Rs 409 crore from the company and falsifying its books of accounts.

Besides Vikram Bakshi and his wife, the court has summoned the chairman, vice chairman and president of McDonald’s USA, directors of McDonald’s India and of-ficials of various other hotel companies and their auditing firms for offences including cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust under IPC.

It alleged that Rs 1.85 crore was dis-honestly withdrawn from the bank acocunt of CPR in 2006 at the instance of the Bakshi couple to finance the takeover of a compa-ny of Khosla’s wife Sonia in violation of the SEBI regulations. Sonia is the founder, di-rector, promoter and majority shareholder of Montreax Resorts.