Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani’s family run upmarket Bar & Restaurant at Assagao in Goa was illegally issued an Excise licence. This has been revealed in the information obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues under the RTI Act from the Excise department.
Though the Excise rules allow a Bar licence to be issued only to an existing restaurant, the Excise department on 18th February 2021 in rank violation of law issued a licence for retail sale of Foreign liquor for consumption on the premises along with another licence for retail sale of Indian Made Foreign liquor and Country Liquor besides Country liquor to the outlet. The records show that the liquor licenses were issued without submitting a Restaurant licence as required by law.
The Excise department issued the licences in the name of one Mr. Anthony Dgama, who as per the Addhar card submitted by him shows that he was a resident of Mumbai and that the Aadhar was issued on 30th December 2022.
The Excise licences were issued for a sprawling 1200 sq mts premises at Bhouta Vaddo in Assagao which is now being run by the Smriti Irani family in total violation of law.
The RTI documents also reveal that last month on 29th June the Excise department at Mapusa in rank contravention of law renewed those licences in the name of Anthony Dgama despite he having passed away on 17th May 2021 as per the death certificate issued by the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai which has also been obtained by Adv. Aires Rodrigues.
Meanwhile, Adv. Aires Rodrigues today met the Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad and has demanded a thorough inquiry into this mega fraud which has been orchestrated by Smiti Irani’s family in conjunction with Excise officials and the Assagao Panchayat.