The Congress party has demanded Smriti Irani’s resignation, alleging that Silly Souls Cafe and Bar run by Union Minister’s daughter acquired bar license illegally in the name of the dead man. Many Congress leaders have also been sent notices from the Delhi High Court regarding these allegations.
At the same time, now this matter has taken an interesting turn. According to the Indian Express news, a local family has informed the Goa Excise Commissioner that the property is theirs, “in particular” its “business” and does not include “any other person”.
Responding to a show cause notice issued by Excise Commissioner Narayan M Gad, owners Marilyn Anthony D’Gama and his son Dean D’Gama also stated that they had not “violated any provision of the Goa Excise Duty Act and Rules, 1964”.
The show cause notice was issued on a complaint filed by lawyer Ares Rodrigues alleging that the restaurant’s liquor license was renewed in June in the name of one Anthony D’Gama, who died in May 2021 . His death certificate issued by BMC was attached with the complaint.
In their written reply, which stated that Anthony D’Gama was Merlin’s husband, the allegations made in the mother and son’s complaint are “completely baseless and unfounded”.