Mumbai: The Bombay Excessive Court docket on Wednesday stayed the demolition drive of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s “illegal office” barely a few hours after the BrihanMumbai Municipal Company (BMC) squad began bulldozing the premises.
Ranaut’s lawyer had challenged the BMC discover earlier within the morning earlier than the excessive courtroom, contending that there aren’t any illegalities within the workplace works even because the civic demolition squad swooped on the premises in Bandra West.
The excessive courtroom has directed the BMC to file its reply to Ranaut’s plea difficult the demolition order by three p.m. on Thursday.
Even because the excessive courtroom was listening to the matter, the BMC H-West Ward dozen-strong workforce, which was accompanied by a robust police posse, halted the demolition course of awaiting the courtroom orders.
Nonetheless, a good portion of the workplace premises from the within and outdoors appeared to have been razed with large bulldozers, JCBs, and different heavy tools.
The fast-paced developments got here barely hours after the BMC pasted a discover outdoors the workplace rejecting a reply filed by Kangana‘s lawyer, Rizwan Siddique, to the Tuesday (September 8) discover during which the civic physique had listed a sequence of violations within the ongoing works in her workplace.
The BMC Government Engineer stated that he was glad that the (unlawful) works had been being carried out and the actress had failed to supply the permissions/approvals/sanction for it as per the BMC legal guidelines.
“Therefore, the work carried out by you as mentioned in the notice schedule is declared as unauthorized,” stated the Government Engineer.
He additionally stated that the continued work on the premises was not stopped and warned that it’s “liable for forthwith demolition at your risk, cost and consequences”.
The discover additionally cautioned that the actress may face imprisonment of minimal one month as much as one yr apart from penalties.
As per the discover, the violations embody: merging of two bungalows, changing a ground-floor bathroom into an workplace cabin, changing a storeroom right into a kitchen, making an unauthorised pantry within the floor ground, including bathrooms close to the storeroom and a parking space, unlawful partitions in first ground lounge, an unlawful assembly room within the “puja” room, changing a balcony right into a liveable space apart from a ground extension, and so forth.
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