PANAJI: Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today filed an appeal before the Goa Chief Secretary against the October 20th order passed by Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad in the case pertaining to the controversial ‘Silly Souls Café and Bar’ in Assagao allegedly run by the family of Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani.
In terms of Section 40 of the Goa Excise Act, an appeal against the Excise Commissioner’s order lies before the Chief Secretary. A challenge to the Chief Secretary’s order is before the High Court.
The Excise Commissioner, in his order on October 10th, 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 today before the Chief Secretary, has 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 July 20th this year, Adv. Aires Rodrigues 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.