Bombay HC: Kangana’s bungalow demolition sign of mala fide

The Bombay High Court has said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow was a sign of mala fide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor, and has taken back the demolition order.

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The court also said that it does not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.

A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla noted that the action undertaken by the civic body left hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorized.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench stated.

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal.

On the issue of compensation, the bench said it is appointing a valuer who would hear the petitioner and the BMC on monetary damages caused to her due to the demolition.

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“The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court added.

Ranaut had filed the petition on September 9 when the demolition process was initiated by the BMC. The court had in an interim order on September 9 stayed the demolition work.

-PTC News