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The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed Shiv Sena chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut to file his reply to actor Kangana Ranaut’s petition towards the demolition of part of her bungalow in Mumbai by the BMC.
A bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla additionally directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) H-ward officer Bhagyawant Late to file his reply to the plea.
Late had signed the demolition discover served to Ranaut on September 7. On Tuesday, Ranaut’s lawyer senior counsel Birendra Saraf submitted within the courtroom a DVD containing a speech wherein Raut allegedly made a remark threatening the actress.
Following this, the HC bench had permitted Ranaut to make each Raut and Late events to the case. On Thursday, the bench mentioned it can start remaining listening to within the case on Friday.
Raut’s counsel Pradeep Thorat requested for extra time to file the reply, saying the Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member is presently in New Delhi.
BMC’s senior counsel Anil Sakhre additionally sought extra time for Late to file his reply. Justice Kathawalla mentioned the bench will start listening to the petitioner (Ranaut) on Friday and Raut might file his reply anytime earlier than his flip to place forth his arguments within the courtroom.
The bench, nevertheless, directed the BMC to file the reply on Late’s behalf by Monday, saying it couldn’t delay the listening to. “We cannot leave the demolished house the way it is. The building is demolished partly, and in the heavy monsoon, we cannot leave it in this state. We will start hearing the petitioner tomorrow,” the bench mentioned. Ranaut, in her plea filed within the HC on September 9, sought that the demolition carried out by the BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow be declared unlawful.
She subsequently amended her plea to demand Rs two crore as damages from the civic physique and its officers. In her plea, she alleged that the BMC had demolished the bungalow out of non-public vendetta, since she had made some feedback adversarial to the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra authorities. The BMC in its affidavit filed within the excessive courtroom denied the allegation.
In the affidavit filed by means of advocate Joel Carlos, the BMC mentioned Ranaut had carried out unlawful structural modifications and repairs on the bungalow, and the civic officers have been merely following the regulation in demolishing unauthorised parts of the construction. The civic physique had urged the excessive courtroom to dismiss Ranaut’s plea and to impose a value on her.