Bombay High Court sets aside BMC’s demolition order to Kangana Ranaut

The Bombay High Court on Friday set aside the demolition notice sent to actor Kangana Ranaut by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on September 7 and 9 and called the demolition of her office as action with malafide intent.

The court passed an order for a valuer to be appointed to ascertain the damage caused in the demolition.

The valuer will submit a report to the court after which it will pass an order on compensation to Kangana Ranaut, the High Court said.

A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and R I Chagla noted that the action undertaken by BMC leaves hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorised.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench said.

Meanwhile, the actress was also asked by the court to show restrain while commenting on other people on social media and otherwise.

The bench was hearing Ranaut’s petition challenging the demolition carried out by BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra.

Reacting to the court’s order, Kangana Ranaut in a tweet said, “When 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.”

The 33-year-old actor had sought compensation of Rs 2 crore from the BMC for damages.