No bar license in the name of Smriti Irani or even her daughter: Delhi High Court

There is no bar license in the name of Union Minister Smriti Irani or her daughter

The Delhi High Court on Monday passed an important order in a defamation claim of Rs 2 crore filed by a Union minister after Congress leaders accused Union Minister Smriti Irani’s daughter of running a bar in Goa with a fake license.

The court said that prima facie it has been proved that there is no bar license in the name of Smriti Irani or her daughter and Congress leaders have conspired to damage her image.

Smriti Irani or her daughter is not the owner of any bar – High Court

The High Court said that Smriti Irani or her daughter is not the owner of any restaurant and bar nor has she ever applied for a licence. No show cause notice has also been issued by the Goa government in the name of Irani or her daughter.

The court said that prima facie it is clear that the documents produced by the petitioner Smriti Irani strengthen their stand.

Congress leaders conspired against Smriti Irani and her daughter

The court said that Congress leaders Jairam Naresh, Pawan Khera and Neta D’Souza in connivance with others conspired against Irani and her daughter and made offensive and sharp words with malicious intent. All three leaders have hurt his public image and reputation.

The court said if the tweets/posts made by Congress leaders remain on social media, then the image of Irani and her family will be deeply damaged.

Outrageous allegations made without verifying facts – High Court

The High Court also said that after perusing the excerpts of the Congress leaders’ press conference, prima facie it appears that reprehensible and defamatory allegations have been leveled against Irani without verifying the actual facts.

The court said that the reputation of Irani and her family has been hurt due to various tweets and retweets after the press conference by the three Congress leaders. This turns out to be a very serious matter.

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What were the allegations made by the Congress leaders?

Congress leaders had alleged that Irani’s 18-year-old daughter Joish runs a restaurant in Goa where the license of the bar has been taken in the name of a person who died in 2021 itself. He also showed the copy of the show cause notice issued to the bar.

Describing the allegations as baseless, Irani had publicly accused the Congress of “murdering” her daughter’s character.

Irani had made a defamation claim of Rs 2 crore

Along with dismissing the allegations of Congress leaders, Irani had also filed a defamation claim of Rs 2 crore against the three leaders in the Delhi High Court. Apart from this, Congress leaders were challenged to prove the allegations.

Court had given orders to remove the tweet on Friday

In the case, the High Court on Friday ordered the three Congress leaders, including Jairam Ramesh, to remove the tweets against Irani and her daughter within 24 hours.

The court had said that if they failed to remove the tweet, then the social media company would remove them.

Explain that the High Court has issued summons to the Congress leaders in this matter and asked them to file their replies by August 18. The next hearing will be on November 15.

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