Veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh was served with a notice from the Goa government seeking response for displaying his villa in the state for homestay without acquiring appropriate registration. By issuing the notice, Goa's Tourism department has asked Yuvraj Singh to appear for a hearing on December 8.
Yuvraj Singh owns a villa in Morjim, Goa and recently, he put it online for homestay without adhering to the government laws. In Goa, the registration of a homestay with the tourism department is mandatory under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982. As the cricketer was identified to have defied the procedure, he has been served with a notice.
The notice was issued on November 18 by Deputy Director of Tourism Rajesh Kale and it was addressed to the cricketer's villa 'Casa Singh' in Morjim, North Goa. The notice was sent with a directive to Yuvraj Singh to appear before Rajesh Kale at 11 am on December 8 for personal hearing in the matter. The notice asked Yuvraj Singh why penal action should not be initiated against him for not registering the property under the Tourist Trade Act.
The notice read, "It has come to the notice of the undersigned that your residential premises located at Varchewada, Morjim, Pernem, Goa is allegedly functioning as a homestay and is being marked on online platforms like Airbnb." The notice has also highlighted the tweet by the cricketer in which he said he would be hosting an exclusive stay at his Goa home for a group of six, only on Airbnb.
The notice further said, "Every person intending to operate a Hotel/Guest House before operating it, has to apply for registration to the Prescribed Authority in the Prescribed manner. Therefore, a notice is hereby given to you as to why penal action should not be initiated against you for default in registration under the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982." The notice states that if the cricketer fails to appear for hearing, he shall be punishable with a fine which may extend up to Rs 1 lakh.