The Bombay High Court said the BMC’s conduct was “malafide” and “deplorable”
Actor Kangana Ranaut scored a big win against Mumbai’s civic body BMC today with the Bombay High Court staying the demolition at her office. The civic body, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, had listed 14 “violations” at her office, which included a toilet apparently built in space marked for a kitchen and an office set up in an area meant for a toilet. The court said the BMC’s conduct was “malafide” and “deplorable”. Ms Ranaut, who returned to Mumbai today from Manali after months, is in the middle of a huge row with the Shiv Sena over her “Mumbai feels like PoK” comments and alleges she is being targeted by the Maharashtra government because of her fight with the Sena, which also controls the BMC.
Following are the 5 big quotes from today’s verdict in favour of Kangana Ranaut:
All of a sudden the corporation appears to have overnight woken up from its slumber, issued notice to the petitioner, that too when she is out of state, directing her to respond within 24 hours, and not granting her any further time, despite written request, and proceeding to demolish the premises upon completion of 24 hours.
The manner in which the BMC proceeded to commence demolition work prima facie does not appear to be bonafide and smacks of malafide.
We cannot help but mention here that if the BMC would act with similar swiftness qua the numerous unauthorised constructions in this City, the City would be a completely different place to live in.
The civic body was trying to waste the time of the court and in the meantime complete the demolition.
We find the conduct of the BMC highly deplorable, more so since the BMC was well aware that a petition would be filed by the petitioner before this court at any time, and an application seeking urgent orders will be moved.
With inputs from PTI