36. Rights of outgoing partner to carry on competing business.
An outgoing partner may carry on a business competing with that of the firm and he may advertise such business, but, subject to contract to the contrary, he may not-
represent himself as carrying on the business of the firm, or
solicit the custom of persons who were dealing with the firm before he ceased to be a partner.
Agreements in restraint of trade. A partner may make an agreement with his partners that on ceasing to be a partner he will not carry on any business similar to that of the firm within a specified period or within specified local limits; and, notwithstanding anything contained in section 27 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872 , (9 of 1872 ). such agreement shall be valid if the restrictions imposed are reasonable.