Actress Kangana Ranaut has sought compensation of Rs 2 crore from Mumbai’s municipal agency for “illegal” demolition of part of her office in the country̵
Mrs Ranaut had approached Bombay High Court while Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC tore down the walls of Manikarnika Films, her film production house in Bandra, after which the court ordered BMC to stop demolishing it.
BMC had listed 14 “violations” in her office, which included a toilet apparently built in space marked for a kitchen and an office set up in an area designated for a toilet.
Ms Ranaut added her claim for damages of Rs 2 in an amended petition filed in Bombay High Court, the news agency PTI reported. In the amended petition, she said the demolition work was a direct result of her comments against the Maharashtra government.
“The term she has used has dissatisfied certain quarters and caused anxiety in certain quarters, especially a political party that is part of the government of Maharashtra,” Ms Ranaut’s amended petition said, PTI reported.
The “same party” is also the ruling party in BMC, said the actress “Queen” in his petition without naming Shiv Sena, who runs BMC – India’s richest municipal company.
The case escalated sharply in the first week of this month after Ms Ranaut said she feared living in Mumbai, after which Shiv Sena leaders including Sanjay Raut told her she was moving out of Mumbai. She then replied that “Mumbai feels like PoK”, an abbreviation for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, a comment she repeated the day BMC moved in for demolition work.
Ms Kangana has alleged that BMC was out to harass her when she was notified of a demolition on September 7 and asked to respond within 24 hours at a time when she was in Manali amid the coronavirus pandemic. She flew to Mumbai two days later, escorted by a ring of “Y-plus” security personnel given by the center due to her complaint that she had received threats.
BMC’s move had raised questions as to whether the actress had received enough notice when she had been out of Mumbai for several months and why no action had been taken earlier. The BMC was also called beyond the time of its action when Mrs Ranaut had announced her return last week.
The case is set to be heard again on September 22 in Bombay High Court.