The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal and interim petition filed against actor Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) by actor Sonu Sood for alleged illegal construction in his residential building in Juhu in Mumbai.
Sonu Sood’s lawyer Amogh Singh sought 10 weeks’ time to comply with the notice issued by the BMC in October last year and also requested the civic body not to initiate demolition proceedings. The court, however, denied any extra time but said that the actor could approach the civic body.
Justice Prithviraj Chavan said, “The ball is now in BMC’s office … You (Sonu Sood) can contact them.” He also said that Sood is late and there was ample opportunity in the past. Dismissing his plea, the judge said “the law only helps those who are hardworking”.
Earlier, Sood had approached the High Court challenging an order of the city’s civil court which dismissed his plea against the notice issued to him by the BMC. In their petition, Sood and his wife Sonali claimed that they did not do any illegal or unauthorized construction in the six-storey Shakti Sagar Bhavan.
Mr. Sood’s advocate Amogh Singh had said that the petitioner (Sonu Sood) had not made any changes in the building seeking permission from the BMC. Only those changes have been made under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. Argued.
The BMC had alleged in its notice that Sonu Sood had made structural changes in the six-storey building Shakti Sagar and was converting it into a commercial hotel.
The BMC has also filed a complaint at the Juhu police station demanding an FIR against the actor for converting a residential building into a hotel without permission. The police are yet to register an FIR in the case.
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