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Illegal construction: Bombay High Court dismisses Sonu Sood’s plea – The Hindu

Alterations made at residence are against sanctioned plan, according to civic body

The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to grant relief to actor Sonu Sood who sought protection from action by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) against the alleged illegal construction at his residence without the permission from the civic body.

A single bench of justice PK Chavan dismissed the plea and said, “Law helps only those who are diligent.”

Advocate Amogh Singh representing Mr. Sood sought time of 10 weeks to comply with the notice issued by the civic body. The court, however, said, “The ball is now in the office of the BMC…you [Mr. Sood] may approach them. You are too late. You had ample opportunity.”

The court was hearing an appeal filed by the actor seeking an extension of stay on a notice granted by the City Civil Court and Sessions Court. Mr. Sood had challenged the notice issued by the BMC on October 24, 2020 for alleged illegal conversion of residential premises to commercial premises.

Senior advocate Anil Sakhare representing the BMC had said after the notice was issued under Section 354A (power of designated officer to stop erection of building or work commenced or carried on unlawfully) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, the demolition work was also carried out.

He had said Mr. Sood carried out alterations under the garb of beautification. He has built 24 rooms and is running a residential hotel in a residential building and that all the alterations and additions are carried out are against the sanctioned plan.

The civic body in its reply to the actor’s plea said, “The plaint before the City Civil Court and the reliefs sought therein constitute a malafide attempt and an abuse of process inasmuch as the Appellant seeks to protect a ex-facie illegal commercial hotel constructed and modified by the Appellant contrary to the sanctioned building plan, in violation of the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and which is operating in absence of any licence.”