Uddhav Thackeray government and particularly the Shiv Sena spokesman, Sanjay Raut suffered a big jolt and a huge embarrassment when the Bombay High court has ruled that the demolition of the Mumbai home of the Bollywood actress, Kangana Ranaut was on ‘wrongful grounds’.
While terming the demolition as “illegal,” the court said that the act “is nothing but malice in law.” The BMC had demolished a part of Ranaut’s office in a bungalow at Mumbai’s Pali Hill on September 9. The actor alleged that the civic body’s action against her was a result of her comments against the Maharashtra government and the ruling Shiv Sena.
Political observers feel that it was a big win for the actress Ranaut and a huge embarrassment of Sena and the BMC. While ruling the judgement on the issue, the court said that BMC 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. The court also said it does not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.
A day after Kangana’s office in office was demolished by the Sena-led BMC over alleged illegal alterations, a piece in party mouthpiece Saamana was published with the header ‘Ukhaad diya’, in a clear display of the arrogance of the ruling party in Maharashtra. The editorial said “this demolition was a lesson for the actor”. Sanjay Raut is the de-facto editor of the Marathi newspaper. During the period, the Sena has also opposed the Y-plus security cover provided to Kangana by the Centre. Maharashtra government has also said the police will probe allegations that Kangana took drugs.
However, during the period, the BJP backed the actress and hit back at the Sena over the Saamana headline on Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition, saying it smells of the arrogance of power.
Today’s high court verdict vindicated both the BJP and Ranaut’s statements that the action was vindictive and politically motivated as the actress raised some questions against the Mumbai police after the mysterious death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
This is the second such occasion when the court pulled up the authorities who tried to harass the Bollywood actress for her statements against the government over the death of Rajput.
Earlier, Bombay High Court hauled up the Sena Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Raut over remarks directed at actor Kangana Ranaut, while the two sparred bitterly over her comparing Mumbai to PoK, demanding to know if this was appropriate behaviour for a parliamentarian. A division bench of the court had several stern words for the Rajya Sabha member, who is a senior Sena figure and the party spokesperson.
“We also don’t agree with what the petitioner has said. But is this the way to address her? You are a leader. We are proud of being Maharashtrians… but is this the way to react? You have to show grace. You cannot use such language,” the court said on the remarks of Raut against Kangana. “We are all Maharashtrians, and proud to be Maharashtrians but we have to show grace. This is not the way,” the bench added.
Raut and the Sena should now introspect themselves about the stance and at least show grace when they remark on a lady in future !