A bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla have quashed and set aside the demolition orders of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai that had caused harm to petitioner Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow on 9th September, 2020.
The notice to pull down the building was passed on the basis of the provision enabling the corporation the power to remove buildings when prior permission is not granted for the building. As the petitioner observes, the order came in a few days after she took to Social Media to criticize and question the acts and policies of the ruling Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra.
Granting relief to the petitioner and also condemning the statement of seeking revenge made by Shiv Sena Leader, Sanjay Raut, the court also observed that it does not in any manner support unauthorized construction. However, the order in this case was said to be unlawful and against the intent of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act.
The petitioner was also warned to exercise restraint while expressing her views on social media as a public-spirited person and asked her to bear the costs of appointing a valuer to calculate the compensation