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Smriti’s daughter running ‘illegal’ bar in Goa, PM should sack her: Cong

The Congress on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack Union Minister Smriti Irani, alleging that an “illegal bar” was being run in Goa by her daughter, who rejected the charge.
In a statement, the lawyer of Irani’s daughter, Kirat Nagra, said his client is neither an owner nor operating the restaurant called Silly Souls Goa, and has also not received any show cause notice from any authority whatsoever as alleged.
Nagra said various “erroneous, frivolous, malicious and defamatory social media posts being made by various vested quarters trying to settle political scores with our client’s mother, the renowned politician Smriti Irani each of which are predicated on blatant falsities”.
Terming the charges as “baseless”, Nagra said, “It is unfortunate that they have resorted to spreading a false propaganda only to sensationalize a non issue without ascertaining true facts and with a predetermined objective of defaming Our Client for solely being the daughter of a political leader.”
Noting that it is a “very serious issue”, the Congress also shared a copy of the show cause notice given to the bar, and said the excise official who gave the notice is reportedly being transferred after pressure from authorities.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera told reporters that there are serious charges of corruption against Irani’s family and her daughter is allegedly running a restaurant in Goa, in which a bar is functioning on a “fake licence”.
“The licence by Smriti Irani’s daughter is in the name of a person who died in May 2021, and the licence was taken in June 2022 in Goa. But the person in whose name the licence is, had died 13 months ago. This is illegal,” he told reporters.
He said according to Goa rules, a restaurant can get only one bar licence but this restaurant has got two bar licences.
“We demand from the prime minister that Smriti Irani should be immediately sacked as a minister from the Union cabinet. You owe it to this country, to the youth of this country,” he said.
To a question on Irani attacking Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader said “There cannot be any comparison between something as noble as running a newspaper and something like running an illegal bar in Goa”.
“Is this being done without her knowledge and was the licence given without her influence,” he asked.
He also alleged that bouncers of private security have been deployed around the restaurant in Goa, to keep the media out of bounds.
“We want to know from you under whose influence is this being done. Who is behind this illegal work,” he asked.

Goa bar row: Charges ‘baseless, says lawyer of Irani’s daughter

New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI): Amid reports alleging her involvement with an “illegal bar” in Goa, Union Minister Smriti Irani’s daughter Zoish on Saturday termed these charges as “baseless” and said she was neither an owner nor operating the restaurant.
In a statement, Zoish Irani’s lawyer Kirat Nagra denied the charges against her client, saying Smriti Irani’s political opponents have levelled various “concocted” allegations against her with a predetermined objective of defaming her for solely being the daughter of a political leader. Her statement followed reports in a section of media, quoting which the Congress alleged that Irani’s daughter was running an “illegal bar” in Goa and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack the Union minister. Noting that it is a “very serious issue”, the Congress also shared a copy of the show cause notice given to the bar, and said the excise official who gave the notice is reportedly being transferred after pressure from authorities. Zoish’s lawyer, however, said she has not received any show cause notice from any authority.
“My client , a young eighteen year old student and a budding chef who has worked in various restaurants to learn culinary arts, is sought to be scarred in perpetuity by her mother’s political opponents who with oblique and ulterior motive seek to malign her.
“These political opponents have levelled various baseless charges and concocted allegations against our client. It is unfortunate that they have resorted to spreading a false propaganda only to sensationalize a non issue without ascertaining true facts and with a predetermined objective of defaming our client for solely being the daughter of a political leader,” Nagra said in the statement.
He further said Zoish has no control or oversight into the management and affairs of the eatery and her limited interaction at the facility was only while doing an internship program with the chef of Silly Souls Café.
“Our client is neither an owner nor operating the restaurant called Silly Souls Goa. Furthermore she has not received any show cause notice from any authority whatsoever as alleged,” Nagra said.
Zoish is currently pursuing her prospects in higher education, and “does not work at the eatery and has no knowledge, much less any involvement, with the events that have purportedly transpired in relation to the said eatery” the statement read.
Nagra further said “various ex facie erroneous, frivolous ,) and defamatory social media posts being made by various vested quarters trying to settle political scores with our client’s mother.”

My daughter being targeted for my stand on ‘loot’ : Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani addresses a press conference at her residence in New Delhi, Saturday, July 23, 2022. (PTI)

New Delhi, Jul 23 (PTI): Union minister Smriti Irani Saturday rejected as malicious the Congress’ allegation that her daughter ran an illegal bar in Goa, and said the college student was targeted because of her mother’s vocal stand on the Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s “Rs 5,000-crore loot” in the National Herald case.
The Congress “assassinated” and “publicly mutilated” her daughter’s character, Irani said in a hard-hitting press conference, and dared the Opposition party to show the proof of any wrongdoing.
She asserted her 18-year-old daughter is a first-year college student and does not run any bar.
“My daughter’s fault is that her mother holds a press conference on the loot of Rs 5,000 cr by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. Her fault is that her mother fought against Rahul Gandhi in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” the MP said.
The BJP leader dared Rahul Gandhi to fight from Amethi Lok Sabha seat again in 2024, and vowed that she will make him bite the dust again.
“I will seek answers in the court of law and the court of people,” she said in reaction to the allegation.
The Congress on Saturday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack Irani as a minister, alleging that an “illegal bar” was being run in Goa by her daughter.
Noting that it is a “very serious issue”, the Congress also shared a copy of the show cause notice given to the bar, and said the excise official who gave the notice is reportedly being transferred after pressure from authorities.

SourcePTI

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