MUMBAI: Actor Kangana Ranaut has said that BMC has not dealt with discrepancies she raised and has merely made “a last ditch attempt” only “to cover up their ex facie illegal acts” in demolishing part of her Pali Hill bungalow.
In a rejoinder filed before the Bombay high court she alleged BMC of seeking “personal vendetta’’ by issuing her with a 24-hour demolition notice while on the same day issued a seven day notice to “famous fashion designer, Manish Malhotra’ who occupies the bungalow next to hers in Bandra, West.
The BMC, she said, deprived her a fair chance to reply to the notice, and “demonstrated bias’’ and “malice’’. The notice was issued “as a counter blast’’ to her public statements, said her rejoinder.
The civic administration last week termed as “baseless and bogus’’ her Rs 2 crore demand as damages. On Monday, in her rejoinder to the civic affidavit, she has said that the BMC by its September 7 demolition notice and the September 9 demolition has shown “scant regard for law’’ and its own guidelines. She denied that any alleged illegal work was going on or done some time ago. She said BMC was resorting to a “evasive and misleading response.’’
The actor said her renovation work was complete in January 2020 itself.
The civic body, had on Friday submitted its affidavit in response to an amended plea filed by the actor on September 15. It had reiterated that Ranaut had undisputedly carried out “substantial unlawful additions and alterations”, contrary to the sanctioned plan without obtaining proper permission and denied its demolition was illegal or mala fide.
Ranaut now has reiterated her contentions that the BMC action was “abuse of power” and said “law clearly requires photographs of the alleged violations digitally displaying time and date. Except for two photographs which do not show any alleged violation no other photograph is produced.’’
The BMC has sought dismissal of her petition.
On September 9, when BMC began demolitions at her bungalow at Chetak Rowhouse, Bandra, she rushed to the HC and a bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and Riyaz Chagla stay the razing immediately.
The HC will hear the matter on September 22.



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