The Bombay High Court on Monday prolonged until January 13 a civil court docket order granting interim safety to actor Sonu Sood from coercive motion by the BMC towards the alleged unlawful structural adjustments made by him in a residential constructing in suburban Juhu with out permission. Sood final week approached the HC, difficult a discover issued towards him by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in October final yr and an order handed by a civil court docket in December dismissing his go well with towards the BMC’s motion.
The civil court docket, whereas dismissing the go well with, had granted three weeks time to Sood to file an attraction and stayed its order, thus granting relief to the actor. On Monday, BMC’s counsel Anik Sakhare sought time to reply to the actor’s petition. Sood’s advocate Amogh Singh then sought interim safety and a route to the civic physique to not take any coercive motion.
Justice Prithviraj Chavan, whereas adjourning the petition until January 13, stated, “The order passed by the lower court shall continue till then.”
Sood’s advocate Singh advised the HC that the actor has not carried out any unlawful or unauthorised construction in the six-storey Shakti Sagar constructing. “The petitioner (Sood) has not made any changes in the building that warrant permission from the BMC. Only those changes that are allowed under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act have been done,” Singh stated.
BMC’s counsel Sakhare, nonetheless, argued that the petitioner was illegally changing the residential constructing right into a lodge with out procuring license. “A hotel with 24 rooms is being run in the six-storey residential building. The BMC has taken demolition action on the property twice…once in 2018 and then in February 2020. But, still the illegal construction is on,” Sakhare stated.
A police grievance has now been filed by the company, he added. Justice Chavan then requested Sood’s lawyer if the actor was working a lodge in the constructing with out license. “Are you conducting hotel business without license? You should come to the court with clean hands. If not, then you will have to face consequences,” Justice Chavan stated.
To this, Singh stated Sood is just not conducting a lodge enterprise, however is operating “a residential hotel in which flats are rented out to people”. Sood’s petition has sought the court docket to quash and put aside the discover issued by the BMC and an interim relief of no coercive motion to be initiated towards him.
Sood, who is thought for his roles in movies like “Dabangg”, “Jodha Akbar” and “Simmba”, got here into highlight final yr for his philanthropy work in serving to migrants attain their properties throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.