Mumbai, September 21
Actor Kangana Ranaut on Monday denied the Mumbai civic physique’s declare within the Bombay High Court that she had made unlawful structural alterations at her Pali Hill bungalow, a part of which was demolished on September 9.
In a rejoinder affidavit filed in response to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) reply to her plea, Ranaut said she didn’t make any structural modifications or repairs illegally.
She additionally denied that her plea in search of that the demolition be declared unlawful and that she be paid Rs 2 crore in injury by the BMC, was an abuse of the method of regulation.
“I deny that I have carried out unlawful additions and alterations as alleged or at all,” the affidavit mentioned.
Last week, the BMC, via its counsel Joel Carlos, had filed an affidavit earlier than a Bench led by Justice SJ Kathawalla, responding to Ranaut’s petition.
The civic physique had mentioned the actress had made main structural modifications to the constructing with out the civic physique’s permission.
It had mentioned BMC officers had been merely following the rule of regulation in razing these alterations on September 9.
The civic physique had urged the excessive courtroom to dismiss Ranaut’s plea and impose a value upon her for submitting the petition, which it mentioned was an “abuse” of the method of regulation.
In her rejoinder affidavit, Ranaut mentioned the civic physique had abused the statutory course of by initiating the demolition of part of her property with out giving her ample discover.
She had mentioned earlier that the BMC had given her solely 24 hours to answer the demolition discover and had hurriedly rejected her reply to its discover.
Ranaut additional mentioned the BMC acted out of bias in opposition to her as on September 9, it had additionally issued a discover to dressmaker Manish Malhotra over alleged unlawful alterations at his property adjoining to her bungalow. However, Malhotra was given seven days to reply, she said.
“While the Respondent No. 1 (BMC) and its officials, malafidely issued me the Impugned Notice to seek personal vendetta, they, on the contrary on the same day, issued a Notice to an adjacent bungalow occupied by the famous fashion designer, Manish Malhotra, giving him 7 days’ time to provide explanation,” Ranaut said.
“This conduct of the Respondent No.1 and its officials clearly demonstrates bias and further displays that the Impugned Notice issued to me is vitiated by malice and was issued as a counterblast to the statements made by me,” she mentioned.
The actress had beforehand alleged the BMC had carried out the demolition as a result of she had made some feedback that had been antagonistic to the Shiv Sena-led authorities in Maharashtra.
On September 9, the Bench led by Justice Kathawalla had stayed the razing and remarked that the civic physique’s motion appeared malafide.
The HC is prone to conduct a ultimate listening to on Ranaut’s plea on Tuesday. PTI