Goa Excise Commissioner disallows the complaint filed against Silly Soul Cafe and Bar


Panaji:  Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad on Thursday disallowed the complaint filed demanding suspension of Excise Licence of a Restaurant in North Goa, which is allegedly linked to Union Minister Smriti Irani.

The Commissioner on Thursday pronounced the order in connection with the complaint filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues against the renewal of Excise Licence to Silly Soul Café and Bar located at Assagao village in North Goa.

The complainant had mentioned that the Excise Department had renewed the licence of the premises in the name of Anthony DGama, who had expired a year earlier to the renewal.

The Commissioner also allowed application made by Merlyn DGama, wife of late  Anthony DGama, to transfer the liquor licences from the name of her late husband in principle, till the final disposal of the inventory proceeding initiated by her in the Court of Civil Judge at Mapusa (North Goa).

On June 20, 2022, Rodrigues had filed complaint against Silly Soul Café and Bar requesting to immediately suspend the licence and order an inquiry on the grounds that fraudulent and fabricated documents were produced to obtain the licence. He had pointed out that licence wa renews in the month of June 2022, although the licensee had passed away on May 17, 2021.

The Excise commissioner had framed two issues in the matter, one is whether Excise Licence obtained by submitting false and inadequate documents and by misrepresenting facts and whether there are procedural irrgularities on the part of the Excise officials.

The respondents (DGama family) had filed reply on July 28, 2022 and additional reply on August 20, 2022.

When contacted, Rodrigues said that he would be challenging the order of the Excise Commissioner before Goa Bench of Bombay High Court at Panaji.


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