Activist state

State seeks papers linked to ‘Silly Souls Cafe’ – The New Indian Express

By PTI

PANAJI: In a new twist to the row over a high-end Goan bar that Congress has linked to the daughter of Union Minister Smriti Irani, the district administration has issued a notice to the local village panchayat asking for relevant documents in response to a complaint alleging that the outlet was illegally constructed.

The ‘Silly Souls Café and Bar’ in Assagao village in North Goa has been at the center of an ownership dispute since Congress alleged it was illegally operated by Irani’s daughter, a claim denied by the Union Minister who filed a defamation suit against the leaders of the opposition party.

The Delhi High Court ruled that Irani and his daughter do not own the restaurant and bar, nor was a license ever issued to them.

Bardez Block Development Officer (BDO) Shivprasad Naik, under whose jurisdiction the restaurant is located, on August 1 issued a notice to the local Assagao panchayat ordering him to provide all documents relating to the outlet within seven days.

The development came after Director of the Panchayats Siddhi Harlankar of Goa, through an officer, issued a memorandum to the Bardez BDO on July 27, asking him to take necessary action on a complaint filed by the activist social Aires Rodrigues who claimed the restaurant was illegal.

Naik asked the panchayat secretary of Assagao to go through the memorandum and submit relevant documents.

The restaurant has already received notices from the Goa Excise Department and the Town and Country Planning Department regarding two different complaints related to the issuance of a license and the alleged violation of the rules by the point of sale.

PANAJI: In a new twist to the row over a high-end Goan bar that Congress has linked to the daughter of Union Minister Smriti Irani, the district administration has issued a notice to the local village panchayat asking for relevant documents in response to a complaint alleging that the outlet was illegally constructed. The ‘Silly Souls Café and Bar’ in Assagao village in North Goa has been at the center of an ownership dispute since Congress alleged it was illegally operated by Irani’s daughter, a claim denied by the Union Minister who filed a defamation suit against the leaders of the opposition party. The Delhi High Court ruled that Irani and his daughter do not own the restaurant and bar, nor was a license ever issued to them. Bardez Block Development Officer (BDO) Shivprasad Naik, under whose jurisdiction the restaurant is located, on August 1 issued a notice to the local Assagao panchayat ordering him to provide all documents relating to the outlet within seven days. The development came after Director of the Panchayats Siddhi Harlankar of Goa, through an officer, issued a memorandum to the Bardez BDO on July 27, asking him to take necessary action on a complaint filed by the activist social Aires Rodrigues who claimed the restaurant was illegal. Naik asked the panchayat secretary of Assagao to go through the memorandum and submit relevant documents. The restaurant has already received notices from the Goa Excise Department and the Town and Country Planning Department regarding two different complaints related to the issuance of a license and the alleged violation of the rules by the point of sale.