The Goa government on Friday morning began demolishing the controversial restaurant in Anjuna in North Goa linked to the death of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat for violating the Coastal Organization Zone (CRZ) rules, an official said.
Curlies Restaurant, located on Goa’s famous Anjuna Beach, made the news recently after Phogat was found partying at the outlet hours before her death. Its owner Edwin Nunes was among the five people arrested in the Phogat death case and was later released on bail.
“The District Department’s Demolition Squad along with Anjuna Police personnel arrived at the beach around 7.30am to demolish the restaurant which was built in a ‘non-developmental area’ in violation of CRZ standards,” the official said.
The lawsuit against the restaurant started after its owner failed to get any reprieve from the National Green Court (NGT) against the 2016 demolition order issued by the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA).
The case was heard on September 6 by the NGT panel headed by Judge Adarsh Kumar Goel. The seat had upheld GCZMA’s order of dismissal in the petition filed by the restaurant’s management.
On Thursday, the district administration issued a notice asking its demolition squad to demolish the building on Friday. The notice was issued by the Deputy Collector of the Mapusa Sub-Division, Gurudas Sant Desai.
According to the police, Phogat, a former TikTok star and contestant of ‘Bigg Boss’ reality show, was drugged in the restaurant before her death on August 23.
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