Actor Kangana Ranaut in the present day denied the Mumbai civic physique’s declare within the Bombay Excessive Courtroom that she had made unlawful structural alterations to her Pali Hill bungalow, a part of which was demolished on September 9.
In a rejoinder affidavit filed in response to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company’s (BMC) reply to her plea, Ms Ranaut acknowledged she did not make any structural adjustments or repairs illegally.
She additionally denied that her plea, looking for that the demolition be declared unlawful and that she be paid Rs 2 crore in injury by the BMC, was an abuse of the method of legislation.
“I deny that I’ve carried out illegal additions and alterations as alleged or in any respect,” the affidavit mentioned.
Final week, the BMC, by means of its counsel Joel Carlos, had filed an affidavit earlier than a bench led by Justice SJ Kathawalla, responding to Ms Ranaut’s petition.
The civic physique mentioned the actress had made main structural adjustments to the constructing with out its permission.
It had mentioned BMC officers have been merely following the rule of legislation in demolishing these alterations on September 9.
The civic physique had urged the excessive courtroom to dismiss Ms Ranaut’s plea and impose a price upon her for submitting the petition, which it mentioned was an “abuse” of the method of legislation.
In her rejoinder affidavit, Kangana Ranaut mentioned the civic physique had abused the statutory course of by initiating the demolition of part of her property with out giving her sufficient discover.
She had mentioned earlier that the BMC had given her solely 24 hours to reply to the demolition discover and had hurriedly rejected her reply to its discover.
Ms Ranaut additional mentioned the BMC acted out of bias in opposition to her as on September 9 it had additionally issued a discover to clothier Manish Malhotra over alleged unlawful alterations at his property adjoining to her bungalow. Nonetheless, Mr Malhotra was given seven days to reply, she acknowledged.
“Whereas the Respondent No. 1 (BMC) and its officers, malafidely issued me the Impugned Discover to hunt private vendetta, they, quite the opposite on the identical day, issued a Discover to an adjoining bungalow occupied by the well-known clothier, Manish Malhotra giving him 7 days’ time to supply clarification,” Ms Ranaut acknowledged.
“This conduct of the Respondent No. 1 and its officers clearly exhibit bias and additional show that the Impugned Discover issued to me is vitiated by malice and was issued as a counter-blast to the statements made by me,” she mentioned.
The actress had beforehand alleged the BMC had carried out the demolition as a result of she had made some feedback that have been adversarial to the Shiv Sena-led authorities in Maharashtra.
On September 9, the bench led by Justice Kathawalla had stayed the demolition and remarked that the civic physique’s motion appeared malafide.
The excessive courtroom is prone to conduct a ultimate listening to on Ms Ranaut’s plea tomorrow.