Kangana Ranaut committed ‘grave violation of plan’ while merging her flats, says court

The actor, who owns three flats on the fifth floor of a 16-storey building in Khar area of Mumbai, had merged them into one.

Actor Kangana Ranaut violated the sanctioned plan while merging her three flats, a civil court in Mumbai remarked while rejecting her plea seeking to restrain the Mumbai civic body from demolishing the unauthorised construction.

A court in suburban Dindoshi dismissed an application filed by Mr. Ranaut last week. The detailed order became available on Thursday.

Judge L S Chavan noted in the order that Mr. Ranaut, who owns three flats on the fifth floor of a 16-storey building in Khar area of the city, merged them into one.

In doing so, she covered the sunk area, duct area, common passage and converted free Floor Space Index (FSI) intohabitable area, the judge observed.

"These are grave violations of the sanctioned plan for which the permission of the competent authority is required," the court said.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had in March 2018 issued a notice to the actor for "unauthorised constructions" at her Khar flats.

Another notice asked her to restore the structure to its original position as per the original plan, warning that otherwise the unauthorised portion will be demolished.

Ms. Ranaut challenged the demolition notice and also requested the court to restrain the civic body from carrying out demolition. The court had then ordered status-quo.

In the latest order on December 23 judge Chavan rejected the actor’s application, saying the "interference of this court is not required".

However, the court has given her six weeks to approach the Bombay High Court against the order.

On September 9, the BMC had demolished parts of Ms. Ranaut’s bungalow in the Pali Hill area for alleged "unauthorised" construction. She moved the High Court against it.

The High Court later termed the BMC’s action as illegal and malicious.

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