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Bombay HC says demolition of Kangana Ranaut house wrongful, orders BMC to pay damages

Bombay HC says demolition of Kangana Ranaut house wrongful, orders BMC to pay damages

Bombay High Court on Friday quashed and set aside an order by BMC to demolish Kangana Ranaut Mumbai bungalow and held that she is entitled to compensation due to malafide action by the BMC. The division bench of justice SJ Kathawalla and justice Riyaz Chagla held that the action of the civic body of demolishing about 40% of the bungalow was “actuated by malafide” and was in complete disregard of her rights.

The bench concluded that the civic action was a clear case of legal malice and was initiated after Ranaut’s infamous tweets, comparing Mumbai with Pakistan occupied Kashmir. In this regard, the bench said irresponsible statements made by an individual should be ignored, howsoever distasteful those may be, and no action can be taken against such individual by resorting to colourable exercise of power and causing injury to that individual or his property by the State or any of its instrumentalities.

The high court has now appointed valuer Shetgiri and Associates to assess the damage caused by BMC while demolishing part of Ranaut’s bungalow and asked them to submit their report in three months. The high court also allowed Ranaut to take steps to make the bungalow habitable again. But, she will have to approach BMC and seek permission, if any permission is required for reconstruction of the demolished portion.

Ranaut approached high court on September 9, hours after the BMC demolished a part of her bungalow in the upscale Pali Hill area. Apart from seeking that the demolition be declared illegal, the actor also sought Rs 2 crore from the civic body towards damages, claiming that several valuable articles were damaged by the civic body during the course of the demolition. Read More...

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