Bombay HC Closes Arguments On Kangana Ranaut’s Plea, Reserves Order

Mumbai: The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Monday closed all arguments and reserved its verdict on the petition filed by actor Kangana Ranaut towards the demolition of part of her bungalow in Mumbai by town civic physique.

A bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla performed hearings on the plea final week earlier than closing it for orders on Monday.

Ranaut approached the excessive courtroom September 9 after the demolition of part of her bungalow in Pali Hill space right here by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC).

She had sought that the demolition be declared unlawful and the courtroom direct BMC to pay her Rs 2 crore as damages.

Ranaut, by her counsel Dr Birendra Saraf, had alleged that the BMC carried out the demolition out of malice following a remark she made towards the Mumbai Police that irked the Shiv Sena-led authorities in Maharashtra.

She additionally cited an alleged risk given to her by Shiv Sena’s chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut in an interview.

Saraf advised the HC throughout earlier hearings that the demolition was carried out on September 9, the identical day because the interview.

The BMC’s counsels, Anil Sakhre, Joel Carlos and Aspi Chinoy, had, nevertheless, denied the actor’s allegations.

They mentioned the BMC had merely been performing its statutory obligation in demolishing such parts of the bungalow that Ranaut had altered illegally.

In an affidavit filed by Carlos, the civic physique alleged that regardless of making unlawful structural modifications, Ranaut had approached courtroom for reduction.

This was an abuse of the method of legislation, the BMC mentioned and urged the HC to dismiss her plea and impose a price on her.

Raut additionally advised the courtroom by his counsel Pradeep Thorat that the BMC’s motion had nothing to do along with his interview or another feedback made on Ranaut.

In the course of the earlier hearings, the bench questioned the BMC’s swiftness in demolishing Ranaut’s property.

It additionally stayed the demolition by an interim order and famous that had the BMC proven related swiftness in all circumstances of unlawful building, Mumbai would have been a really totally different metropolis.

The courtroom had additionally requested Raut if it befitted a parliamentarian to make use of ungraceful language towards a citizen?

“Don’t you have any grace?” the HC requested after viewing a clip of the interview the place Raut requested “what is law,” responding to a query on if he would take authorized motion towards Ranaut for having in contrast Mumbai to PoK in a tweet.

The HC on Monday additionally accepted written submissions from Dr Saraf and the BMC summing up their arguments earlier than closing the matter for orders.


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