Bombay HC calls Kangana Ranaut’s office demolition ‘nothing but malice in law’; asks BMC to compensate

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Bombay High Court on Friday called BMC’s partial demolition of Kangana Ranaut‘s office in Mumbai as ‘nothing but malice in law’. The Bombay HC has quashed BMC’s demolition notice and has asked them to compensate for the damage caused by the demolition.

This order came as a huge sigh of relief for Kangana. The actress called the order as a ‘victory of democracy’.

According to a report in NDTV, a division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla said, “MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) has proceeded on wrongful grounds, against the rights of the citizens. It is nothing but malice in law. 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 court has also asked petitioner i.e Kangana Ranaut to exercise restraint while airing her views on public platforms. The actress is quite critical of Shiv Sena-led State Government in Maharashtra.

While Kangana had sought Rs 2 crore in compensation, the court has said that it is appointing a valuer to determine the extent of monetary damage caused by the demolition. “The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court added.

Welcoming the court’s order, Kangana took to her Twitter handle and wrote, “When an individual stands against the government and wins, it’s not the victory of the individual but it’s the victory of the democracy. Thank You, everyone, who gave me courage and thanks to those who laughed at my broken dreams. Its only cause you play a villain so I can be a HERO.”

BMC had accused Ranaut of unauthorised construction in her office, however, the court said it has compared the photographs and found no unauthorised construction.

For details on this case, stay tuned.

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