Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday requested if all of the buildings at actor Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) demolished on September 9 have been underneath building, or in the event that they existed earlier. A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla, listening to the actor’s petition towards the demolition, additionally requested why the BMC pulled down a number of buildings on the bottom ground.
As per the BMC, Ranaut had carried out a number of alterations with out permission at her Pali Hill bungalow right here, which have been first seen on September 5. The courtroom needed to know whether or not alterations, unlawful or not, existed previous to that, as a result of underneath part 354 A of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, the BMC can cease solely “ongoing” unlawful building.
Ranaut has already acknowledged in her amended petition that she had photographs from a pooja ceremony performed in January 2020 and photographs from Elle Dcor journal concern of April-May 2020 which present that demolished parts existed again then. Therefore, the BMC’s allegation that unlawful work was occurring was false, her plea stated.
The actor maintained that she didn’t perform any unlawful building, and no matter alterations have been made, they existed previous to the BMC’s motion. Ranaut’s lawyer, senior counsel Birendra Saraf informed the bench on Friday that when the civic physique served a demolition discover, just some waterproofing work was occurring and he or she had the requisite permissions for it.
“Notwithstanding the fact that there has never been any illegal work carried out, the portions that the BMC has said to be ongoing illegal construction, existed prior to when the illegality was allegedly detected,” Saraf stated. He additionally identified that the photographs submitted in courtroom by the BMC on Friday didn’t have any digital time stamp however solely a word relationship them to September 5.
The courtroom requested senior counsel Aspi Chinoy, who appeared for the BMC, to ask the BMC officer who took the photographs to submit his telephone to the courtroom, in order that it may be ascertained when the photographs have been taken. “We will be examining whether this work was an ongoing work,” the courtroom stated and requested Ranaut’s lawyer to tell, on the subsequent date, whether or not all demolished parts existed in the identical type in January 2020.
The courtroom additionally famous that the BMC in its affidavit had stated that Ranaut had modified the place of the doorway of the bottom ground, however many extra issues on the bottom ground have been demolished. “What we are thinking is, how was the ground floor demolished if there is no ongoing work there. The only thing shown is that the position of the entrance gate is changed, there is no ongoing work shown on the ground floor.
“Whatever they have alleged in the affidavit regarding the ground floor, is all already done (in the past). So how was the ground floor demolished,” it requested. Saraf stated the complete motion was malicious, which was proved by the truth that the BMC took motion after Ranaut made some important remarks concerning the Maharashtra authorities.
The arguments will proceed on Monday.