In what can be said to a big win for Kangana Ranaut, the Bombay High Court (BHC) on Friday stated that the demolition of a part of the actor’s office bungalow in Mumbai by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) “is nothing but malice in law.” BHC cancelled the notice as it heard the actor’s petition against the demolition. It even added that Ranaut be compensated for the damages caused by the demolition.
BMC on September 9 had demolished a part of Ranaut’s office in a bungalow at Mumbai’s Pali Hill. Earlier, the actor had alleged that BMC’s action against her was a result of her comments against the government of Maharashtra and the ruling Shiv Sena.
According to the court, there was no unauthorised construction in Ranaut’s bungalow as alleged by the BMC. According to the court, it was only existing work as opposed to “illegal alterations.” The bench of justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla is of the view that “BMC had proceeded on wrongful grounds, against the rights of the citizens. It is nothing but malice in law.”
The court also added, “Even if one assumes that the malice does not amount to personal bias and may call for a trial, it does amount to legal malice. The manner in which the action was carried out leaves no doubt that not using Section 354 was more sinister and preventing her from taking a recourse.”
The court has even allowed Ranaut to take steps to make her property habitable, which would comply with the approved plan. Along with this BHC has also appointed a valuer for the compensation charges.
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