Smriti Irani cafe quarrel: Portuguese-era law cited after Congress attacked union minister for owning a bar


Union Minister Smriti Irani was in the midst of a controversy after the opposition party congress claimed she “illegally” owns a cafe bar in Goa, after which an old property law was cited by the court in defense.

The Portuguese-era law, which transfers a man’s property rights to his wife after his death, has been cited in defense by the owners of a restaurant in the village of Assagao in North Goa, which Congress claimed was related. with the daughter of Smriti Irani.

An activist lawyer has filed a complaint against the activities of Silly Souls Cafe and Bar in Goa, alleging that the license to operate the property had been obtained “illegally” and was recently renewed with the name of a person who died in 2021 .

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Meanwhile, the Congress party claimed ownership of the disputed cafe belongs to Smriti Irani’s daughter, a claim that was rejected by the union minister.

At the first hearing in the case held Friday by State Excise Commissioner Narayan Gad, the relatives of Anthony DGama, in whose name the restaurant was licensed, told authorities that it is entirely their business and that there is no other way. person is involved. in the.

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Attorney Benny Nazareth, who represents the DGama family, said the license renewal application was made by the family members after Anthony’s death, citing the Portuguese Civil Code, which is still in force in Goa.

Speaking to reporters, the lawyer said that Portugal’s civil code requires that when a spouse dies, his or her powers are transferred to the partner. The law also stated that ownership of the property is done jointly in the name of husband and wife.

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Meanwhile, social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues, the complainant in the case, had informed the excise commissioner more than a year after his death that the renewal of the license was being requested on behalf of Anthony.

(with PTI inputs)

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