Sena MP Raut is in trouble as HC tells Kangana to make him a party in demolition case

Kangana Ranaut - Bombay High Court - Sanjay Raut

Mumbai : The Rajya Sabha member and Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut is in trouble after the Bombay High Court asked the Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut to make Raut a party, along with a designated officer from BMC to the case challenging the demolition of her office in Mumbai.

The BMC officials demolished the office of actor Kangana Ranaut at Bandra this month after serving a 24-hour notice. Later, the BMC told the Bombay High Court last week that actor Kangana had been carrying out “substantial alterations” in her Bandra property “contrary to the sanctioned plan” and its action of demolition of these structures was justified and without any “malafide.”

On Tuesday, a division bench of the Bombay high court, comprising Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla noted that since the actor submitted a DVD of statements made by Raut, he should get the opportunity to be heard, and the BMC officer too should respond to allegations.

In a tweet, the Sena leader Raut said that the case wouldn’t deter him from “fighting for the pride of my city and his Maharashtra. Parts of Ranaut’s Bandra office were razed on September 9, before the court stayed the demolition till further orders.

In an affidavit filed before the court, Ranaut said that the civic body had abused the ‘process of law’ by initiating demolition work at her office when she was given mere 24 hours to respond to its notice, and her response was rejected in a hurried manner. The court also sought to know from the BMC if any action was taken on an adjacent bungalow occupied by fashion designer Manish Malhotra, after giving him seven days to respond to the notice. The film actress in her rejoinder had cited this as ‘bias’ by the BMC.

Referring to the DVD of Raut’s statement which Ranaut had submitted to the Court, Justice Kathawalla sought to know whether she wanted to make Raut a party to the plea. “You do not want to show the ‘Ukhaad diya’ caption (from DVD)? You will have to implead Raut,” Justice Kathawalla told the actor.

Senior Counsel Birendra Saraf, appearing for Ranaut, sought time and was reluctant to make Raut a party to the case, saying he would instead argue on the aspect of ‘malice in law’ by BMC. However, after the bench insisted that Raut should be given the opportunity to be heard, Saraf accepted it.

The actress also denied the civic body’s allegation that she carried out ‘substantial unlawful additions and alterations’ contrary to sanctioned plans at her Bandra office.