Congress propaganda busted
The Delhi High Court today said that neither Union Minister Smriti Irani, nor her 18-year-old daughter Zoish Irani were the owners of the Goa bar as alleged by Congress. The HC also noted that documents on record indicated that no license was ever issued in their favour. She had approached the court after the Congress leaders failed to respond to the legal notice sent to them by her.
Smriti Irani, the Minister for Women and Child Development, had filed a civil defamation suit against several Congress leaders after they had put baseless and false accusations about her and her 18-year-old daughter. Smriti has sought damages of over Rs.2 crore from the Congress leaders.
In the order released on Monday, the Court thus observed, “Considering the documents on record it is clearly seen that there was no license which was ever issued in favour of the plaintiff or her daughter. The plaintiff or her daughter are not the owners of the restaurant. It has also been established by the plaintiff prima facie that the plaintiff or her daughter never applied for the license.”
The order further reads, “Neither the restaurant nor the land on which the restaurant exists is owned by the plaintiff or her daughter even the show cause notice issued by the Government of Goa is not in the name of the plaintiff or her daughter. All these facts have also been affirmed in the affidavit by the plaintiff.”
The controversy had begun towards the end of last month as the Opposition party called for Irani to be sacked, alleging that her daughter was running an illegal bar in Goa.
Slamming the Congress over their false narrations, Smriti said that the “malicious” charge was made at the behest of the Gandhi family due to her vocal stand in the National Herald-linked money laundering case, and vowed to fight back.
“After seeing the documents placed on record and the excerpts of the press conference, I am of the prima facie view that slanderous allegations were made against the plaintiff without verifying actual facts. Grave injury has been caused to the reputation of the plaintiff in view of the tweets and retweets carried out due to the press conference of the defendants,” the judge had opined last week, dubbing the remarks made by the Congress leaders ‘slanderous‘ and ‘bogus‘.
PGurus is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with all the latest news and views
For all the latest updates, download PGurus App.