Lincolnshire Police are resisting the takeover of a store in Louth because officers fear a man believed to be responsible when an illegal worker was found at the business may still be involved in its day-to-day running . Janushanth Thuraisingam has applied to East Lindsey District Council for a premises license for the first store, in Newmarket.
East Lindsey District Council revoked Nadarajah Kirubaharan’s business license in July last year after it was discovered that the premises had employed an illegal worker and breached license holder conditions. license to conduct or authorize the sale of alcohol.
However, in a report to be heard on May 3, Lincolnshire Police will say that between March and May 2021, when the illegal worker was found, the former Designated Premises Supervisor was absent.
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Instead, during their checks, Thuraisingam Kirushanth met the police and claimed to take over the business. This man is believed to be the brother of Janushanth, who is applying for the premises license.
“The searches carried out provided evidence to suggest that Mr. Kirushanth had been in control of the business since February 2021 (and therefore at the time the illegal worker was found),” the report said. “He had, however, not completed the relevant transfer paperwork to put the premises license in his name and name himself DPS.”
Mr Kirushanth’s subsequent attempts to obtain notices of temporary events were challenged by officers who said they ‘had no faith in Mr Kirushanth’ since he was in control of the store when the ‘serious failings’ had been previously discovered. They were then removed.
Now Lincolnshire Police have opposed his brother’s claim saying there is not enough evidence to ‘prove there is a genuine takeover’.
They believe he is still behind the business, with his name still showing up on premises-linked VAT registration searches. They said a visit to the store in March, when Mr Kirushanth was away but reportedly went to B&Q, confirmed he was still there.
A one-year lease submitted by the claimant suggests Mr Kirushanth could end it at any time, they said. They said some documentation had been provided, but they needed more to trust the new owner. The report states: “Lincolnshire Police are not satisfied that the claimant will take full control of these premises or do so separately from his brother who previously employed an illegal worker.” Nor did Lincolnshire Police confidence in the ability of the applicant to enforce the licensing objectives.
If the license is approved, the officers asked the licensing committee to include a condition that Mr. Kirushanth not be employed in any capacity or have any management or position of responsibility.