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Manikarnika actress seeks Rs 2 crore for damages caused by BMC

Rida Shaikh

Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut has filed an amended petition in the Bombay High Court seeking rupees 2 crore for the damages caused to her production office.

Her office is situated in the financial and economic capital of the city, Pali Hill in Bandra. It is also known to be one of the most expensive places to buy real estate.

After receiving a ‘stop-work' notice, the BMC had posted another notice outside her office. The notice informed her of the ‘illegal altercations' made in her bungalow despite their approval.
While Kangana was on her way to Mumbai from Himachal Pradesh, BMC had already begun the demolishing parts of her office. After landing in Mumbai, she shared a video of the havoc inflicted on her office.

Bombay High Courts response:

Meanwhile, the Bombay HC stayed the demolition process while Kanagan Ranaut challenged the notice issued by BMC. The Bombay High Court, from the BMC, attempted to know why did they enter the property in the owners mere absence? The Bombay HC has directed them to file an affidavit in response to the plea.

The BMC had documented 14 ‘violations' at her office, one of which was that a toilet was made in the area meant for a kitchen and an office was set up in the area meant for a toilet. The rest of them were- a change in the staircase orientation, a wooden partition in the living room, an illegal pantry on the ground floor and a few more. Any change in the structural plan can result into an action from the civic body.

In her amended petition, Kangana has said that the action was taken in reference to the previous statements that she had passed against the Government of Maharashtra.

Her amended petition said, ” The expression used by her has displeased certain quarters and caused angst in certain quarters particularly a political party which is a part of the government in Maharashtra.”

The BMC asked Kangana to reply to the notice within 24 hours, failing which they will have to carry out the demolition process. Whereas, Kangana, through her lawyer, sought for a week to reply to the notice.

However, not satisfied with her reply, the BMC decided to take up the demolition process of the illegal portions of her bungalow.

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