The amended plea quantified that BMC has demolished 40 per cent of her office. This office included treasured property such as chandeliers and erratic art creations and also required interim relief to take steps to make the property “capable of use” after the demolition.
Actress Kangana Ranaut has rewritten her petition before the Bombay High Court and sought Rs 2 crore as damages for the illegitimate demolition of her Bandra office. This demolition has done by the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
An amended plea said that though her reply to BMC’s notice was rejected at 10:35 am on 9th of September. BMC and police officials were “already present outside the bungalow well before the time of final order of BMC, which can be proved by Ranaut’s tweet at 10.19 am on Wednesday”.
The petition detailed: “The photograph clearly shows that the BMC officials along with police officers and with all the tools as they were already ready to demolish the said Bungalow which shows that the BMC always had malafide intentions and ulterior motives to demolish the said Bungalow… actions by respondents were premeditated and vitiated by malice.”
The plea appealed that actress advocate Rizwan Siddiquee went to the premise on 9th of September to serve the ward office with a copy of the petition and took that the matter was programmed to be heard at 12:30 pm, however, the BMC official locked the bungalow from inside and ignored the advocate and continued the demolition work.
The BMC on September 10 had told the High Court that Ranaut had been carrying out “substantial alterations” in her Bandra property.
“Contrary to sanctioned plan” and its action of demolition of these structures was justified and without any “malafide”.
In its reply, the civic body said the actor had made “false, baseless, unwarranted allegations”, including those of “harassment” and “malafide”, and she should not be permitted to seek protection for such “unlawful work” by approaching the court.
A Division Bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla on 9th of September had stayed the demolition of alleged unauthorised structures at Ranaut’s Pali Hill office, hours after the BMC had started the exercise.
The court had said the BMC’s action “prima facie does not appear to be bonafide and smacks of malafide”
The BMC had issued a stop-work notice to Ranaut on 8th of September over the renovation and finishing work at Manikarnika Films Production House office at Pali Hill in Bandra West. The High Court will hear the amended plea and BMC’s response to the same on September 22.