The demolition of a part of actor Kangana Ranaut’s office in a bungalow in Mumbai by BMC “is nothing but malice in law”, said the Bombay High Court on Friday allowing Kangana compensation for the damages her property incurred owing Shiv Sena government’s recently developed penchant to seek revenge from anyone who speaks a word against it.
For the unware, months ago, a part of Kangana Ranaut’s office in a bungalow at Mumbai’s Pali Hill was destroyed by BMC. Kangana had alleged that the step was taken by the Shiv Sena government in retaliation to her comments against the latter.
The “same party” is also the ruling party in the BMC, the “Queen” actor said in her petition, without naming Shiv Sena, which runs the Mumbai civic body – India’s richest municipal corporation.
Kangana has also alleged that the tearing down of the building was done without serving a proper notice period.
“MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) has proceeded on wrongful grounds, against the rights of the citizens. It is nothing but malice in law,” a division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla said while producing the judgment. The court also said it does not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.
“The manner in which the action was carried out leaves no doubt that not using S.354 was more sinister and preventing her from taking a recourse,” the High Court said.
Earlier the BMC had told the court that the building attracts 14 “violations”.
As of now, Kangana has demanded Rs 2 crore in compensation for the damaged property. The court, on the plea, said that it would appoint a valuer who “shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation”.