PANJIM: Sean AdEvent, the event management agency that handles the G20 Summit in Goa, has issued an Rs 25 crore defamation notice to the Mario Gallery, accusing them for trying to tarnish their reputation.
The Mario Gallery had on July 7 served a legal notice to the event management agency for allegedly using its artworks without permission. The Gallery had granted seven days time to recall and handover all the artwork that belongs to them.
Speaking to O Heraldo, curator Gerard Da Cunha said that the event management agency has issued a counter legal notice accusing the Gallery of trying to spoil their reputation or image in public. “I don’t know whether it is defamation or what, but the notice says we have to pay them Rs 25 crore for tarnishing their image,” he said.
Cunha, however, clarified that even after eight days, the Mario Miranda’s famous caricature drawings in the form of life-sized figurines continued to be installed at Old Goa and Dona Paula for the G20 Summit.
“I don’t think the agency or the government has any intention to remove those drawings. The G20 next meeting is also scheduled in the coming week,” he said.
The Gallery had taken note of eight figurines in Old Goa, eight figurines in two clusters at the Goa University, four figurines at the NIO Circle.
There were reports of many more figurines which are being verified.
The legal notice copy was also forwarded to the Chief Secretary of the Goa Government.
The energy transitions ministerial, clean energy ministerial (CEM), and Mission Innovation meetings are scheduled in Goa from July 19-22.