'No restaurant or bar in the name of Smriti Irani or her daughter', Delhi High Court said

Delhi High Court has admitted that an attempt was made to tarnish the image of Smriti Irani. According to the court, big allegations were made without knowing the real facts, due to which the image of Smriti Irani and her family was damaged.

New Delhi: Amidst the controversy over Goa Restaurant Bar, Congress has got a big setback from the Delhi High Court. The Delhi High Court has made a big remark that Union Minister Smriti Irani and her daughter are not the owners of that restaurant nor have they ever applied for any license in relation to that restaurant or bar. At the same time, the court has asked the Congress leaders to respond by August 18.


On the basis of the documents, the court has held that the daughter of the Union Minister never even applied for the license. The show cause notice given by the Goa government has also not been issued in the name of Smriti Irani's daughter. Prima facie, it appears that the papers presented by the petitioner Smriti Irani strengthen their stand.


Smriti Irani and her family's image damaged- High Court

The Delhi High Court, while giving its verdict on the case, said that the people of the defence along with some other people told false things. Simultaneously, he also made personal attacks on Smriti Irani and her daughter. The court accepted that by doing so, an attempt was made to tarnish the image of Smriti Irani. According to the court, big allegations were made without knowing the real facts, due to which the image of Smriti Irani and her family was damaged.


The Congress had accused Union minister Smriti Irani's daughter of running an "illegal bar" in Goa, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack Irani from his cabinet. Terming the Congress allegation as malicious, Smriti Irani claimed that her daughter has been targeted because of her vocal stand on the "loot of Rs 5,000 crore" of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.


Congress's Media and Publicity Head Pawan Khera had told the media that there have been serious allegations of corruption against the family of Union Minister Smriti Irani. A restaurant run by his daughter in Goa has been accused of issuing fake licenses to serve liquor and this is not an allegation of 'quoting sources' or political vendetta by agencies, but of Right to Information (RTI). The information received under RTI has been disclosed."


2 crore defamation case against 3 Congress leaders

After this, the Delhi High Court on Friday issued summons to Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Pawan Khera and Netta D'Souza in the civil defamation case filed by Smriti Irani. The court had also directed Congress leaders to remove tweets, retweets, posts, videos and photographs from social media in connection with the allegations against Irani and her daughter. Union minister Irani had sought damages of over Rs 2 crore for allegedly levelling baseless allegations against her and her 18-year-old daughter.