Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is a “recurring offender” who retains finishing up unauthorised building work in a residential constructing in suburban Juhu regardless of demolition motion initiated on two events up to now, the Mumbai civic physique said in its affidavit filed within the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Tuesday. The affidavit was filed in response to the petition filed by Sood final week difficult a discover issued in opposition to him by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) in October final yr and an order handed by a civil court docket in December 2020 dismissing his go well with in opposition to the discover.
In its discover, the BMC had alleged that Sood carried out structural adjustments within the six-storey residential constructing ‘Shakti Sagar’ and was changing it right into a industrial lodge. “The appellant is a recurring offender and needs to benefit from the industrial proceeds of the unauthorised work and subsequently as soon as once more began reconstructing the demolished portion as a way to make it operational as a lodge albeit illegally and with out permission from the License division,” the civic physique mentioned within the affidavit.
As per the affidavit, Sood was making an attempt to guard an “ex-facie unlawful industrial lodge which has been constructed and modified by the appellant (Sood) opposite to the sanctioned constructing plan”. “The appellant has not been given permission for change of person of the mentioned property from residential to industrial and there’s no license to run the industrial lodge,” the affidavit mentioned.
It added that Sood had sought umbrage below unwarranted and baseless allegations of harassment and malafides. “The appellant, who has completely modified a whole constructing unauthorisedly right into a lodge, is operating the identical and not using a license,” the municipal company mentioned.
The BMC mentioned preliminary motion was initiated in opposition to the unlawful building in September 2018 however Sood continued the development work. On November 12, 2018, demolition of the unauthorised work was carried out.
“Such is the audacity of the appellant that he as soon as once more began alterations and reconstructed the demolished portion. Due to this fact, the BMC as soon as once more took motion of demolition on February 14, 2020,” the affidavit mentioned. It mentioned Sood had no paperwork to even point out that he or his spouse Sonali Sood are the homeowners of the mentioned constructing.
The petition shall be heard on Wednesday by Justice Prithviraj Chavan. The excessive court docket on Monday prolonged until Wednesday the civil court docket’s order restraining the BMC from taking a coercive motion in opposition to the alleged unlawful building.
Sood in his plea had claimed that he had not carried out any unlawful or unauthorised building within the six-storey Shakti Sagar constructing. “The petitioner (Sood) has not made any adjustments within the constructing that warrants permission from the BMC. Solely these adjustments which are allowed below the Maharashtra Regional and City Planning (MRTP) Act have been achieved,” Sood’s advocate Amogh Singh had argued.
The petition had requested the court docket to quash and put aside the discover issued by the BMC in October, 2020, and likewise sought an interim reduction to not take any coercive motion in opposition to the actor. Sood, who is thought for his roles in movies like “Dabangg”, “Jodha Akbar” and “Simmba”, got here into highlight in 2020 for his philanthropy work in serving to migrants attain their properties throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.
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