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Food license for Silly Souls Cafe in GOA issued to company controlled by husband of Smriti Irani: Rti reveals

Irani has been at the center of controversy since the Goa Excise Commissioner issued a notice in July alleging that the Silly Souls Cafe and Bar’s liquor license had been illegally renewed. Irani’s daughter, Zoish, had in an interview said the restaurant was hers, contrary to Irani’s claims.

The application, along with the resolutions of the Board of Directors, was made online and approved after an on-site visit on June 26, 2021.

On July 23, 2021, Goa Government FDA Directorate issued Eightall Food and Beverages with a Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) license number 10621001000195 under the Safety and Standards Act foodstuffs (FSS).

That this is the same FSSA license number used by Silly Souls Cafe and Bar can be seen on the restaurant’s page on Zomato, the online food ordering app.

The company’s liquor license was renewed in June 2022 but D’Gama had died on May 17, 2021, thus making the renewal illegal. Rodrigues claimed that “fraudulent and fabricated documents were produced” to acquire the liquor license.

In a show cause notice dated July 21, the Excise Department said, “The license was renewed last month, although the licensee died on 05/17/2021.”

The Delhi High Court, in an order dated July 29, observed that no license had ever been issued in favor of Union Minister Smriti Irani and her daughter in respect of Silly Souls Cafe and Bar at Assagao in Goa.

“From the documents on file, it is clear that no license was ever issued in favor of the plaintiff or her daughter. The plaintiff or her daughter are not the owners of the restaurant. It has also been established by the prima facie plaintiff that the plaintiff or her daughter never applied for a licence,” the court observed.

(With contributions from The Indian Express.)