Congress demands PM Modi to sack Smriti Irani daughter for running illegal bar in Goa


The Congress today demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should sack Union Minister Smriti Irani, alleging that an "illegal bar" was being run in Goa by her daughter, a charge rejected by her.

In a statement, the lawyer of Smriti Irani's daughter, Kirat Nagra, said his client is neither an owner nor operating the restaurant called Silly Souls Goa and has not received any show cause notice from any Authority whatsoever as alleged.

Kirat Nagra said various "erroneous, frivolous , malicious and defamatory social media posts being made by various vested quarters trying to settle political scores with our client's mother, the renowned politician Smriti Irani each of which are predicated on blatant falsities".

Terming the charges "baseless", the lawyer said, "It is unfortunate that they have resorted to spreading a false propaganda only to sensationalise a non issue without ascertaining true facts and with a predetermined objective of defaming Our Client for solely being the daughter of a political leader."

"We demand from the prime minister that Smriti Irani should be immediately sacked as a minister from the Union cabinet. You owe it to this country, to the youth of this country," he said.

To a question on Smriti Irani attacking Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader said "There cannot be any comparison between something as noble as running a newspaper and something like running an illegal bar in Goa".

"Is this being done without her knowledge and was the licence given without her influence," he asked.

He also alleged that bouncers of private security have been deployed around the restaurant in Goa, to keep the media out of bounds. "We want to know from you under whose influence is this being done. Who is behind this illegal work," he asked.

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