The Bombay High Court on Friday said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing a part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow smacks of malafide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor.
The court also said it does not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.
Reacting to the Bombay High Court’s ruling that the demolition carried out by the Mumbai civic body at actor Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow was illegal, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the law should be equal for all.
The division bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice Riyaz Chagla held that the action of the civic body of demolishing about 40% of the bungalow was “actuated by malafide” and was in complete disregard of her rights.
The bench concluded that the civic action was a clear case of legal malice and was initiated after Ranaut’s infamous tweets, comparing Mumbai with Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
The high court also allowed Ranaut to take steps to make the bungalow habitable again. But, she will have to approach BMC and seek permission, if any permission is required for reconstruction of the demolished portion.
Ranaut approached high court on September 9, hours after the BMC demolished a part of her bungalow in the upscale Pali Hill area.
Apart from seeking that the demolition be declared illegal, the actor also sought Rs 2 crore from the civic body towards damages, claiming that several valuable articles were damaged by the civic body during the course of the demolition.
BMC had denied the allegations of malice and of any personal vendetta against the actor.
The civic body maintained that Ranaut had brazenly and unlawfully carried out extensive additions and alterations to the bungalow, in breach of its approved building plan.
It said that after being served a stop work notice under Section 354 (A) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888, the actor submitted a false and evasive reply, because of which it had to take the next step of issuing a demolition notice and carrying out the demolition work.