The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday postponed the demolition of Curlie's restaurant in Goa, after giving an urgent hearing.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday postponed the demolition of Curlie’s restaurant in Goa, after giving an urgent hearing. Earlier, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had given its verdict on the restaurant’s demolition, alleging that it was flouting the coastal zone regulation.
The eatery has made the headlines recently for its connection to the death of BJP leader Sonali Phogat. It was alleged that hours before her death, Phogat was drugged at a party held at the restaurant.
According to an official, the Goa government began demolishing the contentious restaurant on Friday morning due to rule violations in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.
The apex court made it clear that only the property identified as plot 42/10, which is the old hut inside the restaurant, will not be demolished. It said any other unauthorised construction at Anjuna can be demolished and there is no stay on demolitions in general.
A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit urged the demolition to be halted but advised the owners not to conduct any commercial activities until further orders were issued.It issued a notice to the Goa government to respond by Wednesday and slated the hearing for Friday.
Senior advocate Ahmadi, appearing for the restaurant, told the bench that the NGT order was passed on September 8 and the demolition started the next day, on Friday.