Mumbai, October 5
The Bombay Excessive Court docket on Monday closed all arguments and reserved its verdict on the petition filed by actor Kangana Ranaut in opposition to the demolition of part of her bungalow in Mumbai by town civic physique.
A bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla carried out hearings on the plea final week earlier than closing it for orders on Monday.
Ranaut approached the excessive court docket on 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 court docket direct BMC to pay her Rs 2 crore as damages.
Ranaut, via her counsel Birendra Saraf, had alleged that the BMC carried out the demolition out of malice following a remark she made in opposition to 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 counsel, Anil Sakhre, Joel Carlos and Aspi Chinoy, had, nonetheless, denied the actor’s allegations.
They mentioned the BMC had merely been performing its statutory responsibility in demolishing such parts of the bungalow that Ranaut had altered illegally.
In an affidavit filed via Carlos, the civic physique alleged that regardless of making unlawful structural adjustments, Ranaut had approached court docket for aid.
This was an abuse of the method of regulation, the BMC mentioned and urged the HC to dismiss her plea and impose a price on her.
Raut additionally advised the court docket via his counsel Pradeep Thorat that the BMC’s motion had nothing to do together with his interview or some other feedback made on Ranaut.
Throughout the earlier hearings, the bench questioned the BMC’s swiftness in demolishing Ranaut’s property.
It additionally stayed the demolition via an interim order and famous that had the BMC proven comparable swiftness in all instances of unlawful building, Mumbai would have been a really totally different metropolis.
The court docket had additionally requested Raut if it befitted a parliamentarian to make use of ungraceful language in opposition to a citizen.
“Do not you’ve got any grace?” the HC requested after viewing a clip of the interview the place Raut requested “what’s regulation”, responding to a query on if he would take authorized motion in opposition to Ranaut for having in contrast Mumbai to PoK in a tweet.
The HC on Monday additionally accepted written submissions from Saraf and the BMC summing up their arguments earlier than closing the matter for orders. PTI