Supreme Court Relief For Goa Restaurant ‘Curlie’s’, Linked To Sonali Phogat’s Death


Supreme Court Relief For Goa Restaurant 'Curlie's', Linked To Sonali Phogat's Death

Curlie’s is located on Goa’s famous Anjuna beach.

New Delhi:

The demolition of Goa’s ‘Curlie’s’ restaurant, which came under the spotlight after Haryana BJP leader Sonali Phogat’s death, has been put on hold by Supreme Court, hours after the Goa government started the process to tear it down.

The court, however, directed the restaurant to suspend its commercial operations till a decision on a petition challenging its demolition was taken, setting September 16 as the next date of hearing.

The demolition action against the restaurant began after its owner failed to get any respite from the National Green Tribunal or NGT which ordered to demolish the shack for violating green rules.

Earlier in the day, heavy police presence was seen outside the shack for its demolition. The demolition squad of the district administration along with police personnel arrived at the beach around 7.30 am to demolish the restaurant that was built in ‘no development zone’ in violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone or CRZ norms

The restaurant, located on Goa’s famous Anjuna beach, made headlines after Sonali Phogat was seen partying there hours before her death. Its owner, Edwin Nunes, was among four people arrested in the case. He was later granted bail.

She was given a recreational drug, methamphetamine or ‘meth’, by her associates at Curlie’s Restaurant hours before her death, police had said.  They said she was forced to drink “an obnoxious substance” before they left for the hotel.

She was brought dead to a hospital the next morning, on August 23. It was initially seen as a case of heart attack, but the family sensed something amiss, at which the police action followed.

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