Actor Kangana Ranaut has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court that no order should be passed against her without hearing her in the case of demolition of her property in Bandra. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials had demolished her property in Bandra, Mumbai on September 9.
Last week, the Bombay High Court has passed a judgment in Ranaut’s favour and had ruled that the purpose of using Section 354A of the BMC Act (meant for ongoing illegal construction) was more sinister and mainly to prevent from taking legal recourse for preventive action. The court had set aside the order of demolition passed by the BMC on September 9 and held that the civic body’s action was actuated by malafide intentions.
The bench of Justice S.J. Kathawalla and Justice Riyaz Chagla pronounced that the demolition of Ranaut’s property was unlawful asking the BMC to compensate the actor for the damages caused to the building. The court also asked Ranaut to restrain herself from commenting on other people on social media and otherwise.
Kangana Ranaut has been critical of the Uddhav Thackeray government ever since Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide. The actor has been vocal about the manner in which the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government handled the probe into Rajput’s death. Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut had called Kangana Ranaut unparliamentary names and even threatened her. His statements received wide criticism.
The BMC had then demolished illegal alterations at the Bandra bungalow of Ranaut on September 9. The Bombay High Court had stayed demolition of Ranaut’s property by the civic body for illegal construction.