The Silly Souls Café and Bar in Goa, which has been at the centre of a political controversy since June, was run under a lease to a company linked to Union minister Smriti Irani, The Indian Express reported on Friday, citing reply to a Right to Information application.
The response to the RTI application filed by lawyer and activist Aires Rodrigues showed that the restaurant operated under a lease agreement between a person named Dean D’Gama, the attorney of his father Anthony D’Gama and a company named Eightall Food and Beverages Limited Liability Partnership.
On August 2, the The Indian Express had reported that companies owned by Irani’s family have invested in Eightall Food and Beverages.
The minister’s daughter Zoish Irani, her son Zohr Irani, husband Zubin Irani and his daughter Shanelle Irani own two firms named Ugraya Mercantile Private Limited and Ugraya Agro Farms Private Limited, which invested in Eightall Food and Beverages in 2020-2021
Smriti Irani, however, does not own shares in any of the three companies.
Documents accessed through the RTI application show that the lease agreement between Dean D’Gama and Eightall Food and Beverages was signed on January 1, 2021. The lease was for ten years at a rent of Rs 50,000 per month.
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