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Silly Souls: Final Arguments Heard & Judgement Reserved
Thursday - Mar 23, 2023
Panjim: Goa Chief Secretary Punit Goel today concluded hearing final arguments on the appeal filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues against the order passed on October 20th last year by Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad in the case pertaining to the controversial ‘Silly Souls Café and Bar’ in Assagão allegedly run by the family of Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani. While reserving his judgments the Chief Secretary stated that it would be communicated to their parties.
The Excise Commissioner in his order had allowed the Excise Licence of Silly Souls Café & Bar which was renewed in a dead man’s name Anthony D’Gama to be transferred to his widow. Adv. Rodrigues in his appeal before the Chief Secretary challenged the Excise Commissioner’s order on 33 grounds to the effect that the licence which was obtained illegally and by fraud could not have been transferred in the name of Anthony Dgama’s widow.
In his complaint filed before the Excise Commissioner on 20th July last year, Adv. Aires Rodrigues had pointed out the illegal manner in which the Excise licence was issued in January 2021 in the name of Anthony D’Gama and later renewed in his name in June 2022, a year after his demise. Adv. Rodrigues submitted documents to the effect that the premises where Silly Souls Café & Bar is located was leased to Eightall Food and Beverages by Anthony Dgama with effect from 1st January 2021 for a period of 10 years at a monthly rent of Rs 50,000.
Adv. Rodrigues had also drawn the attention of the Excise Commissioner that on 05th January 2021 when Anthony Dgama applied for the Excise Licence the premises was already leased out to Eightall Food and Beverages which is operating in partnership with Ugraya Mercantile Pvt Limited of which Zubin Irani the husband of Smriti Irani is a director. Documents were also submitted by Adv. Rodrigues that the GST No 30AAIFE7039H1ZM used by Silly Souls Café & Bar was also in the name of Eightall Food and Beverages as well the Food & Drugs Licence too.

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