Actor Kangana Ranaut has demanded 2 rupees in compensation from a Mumbai municipal agency for “illegally” demolishing part of her office in the country̵
Ms. Ranaut had appealed to the Bombay Supreme Court while the Brihanmubay Municipal Corporation or BMC tore down the walls at Manikarnika Films, her film production house in Bandra, after which the court ordered BMC to stop demolishing it.
BMC has listed 14 ‘violations’ in its office, which include a toilet, apparently built in a space designated for a kitchen, and an office set up in an area designated for a toilet.
Ms Ranaut added her claim for 2 kroner in compensation in an amended petition to the Supreme Court in Bombay, PTI reported. In the amended petition, she said the demolition work was a direct result of her comments against the Maharashtra government.
“The term she uses expresses dissatisfaction in certain neighborhoods and causes concern in certain neighborhoods, especially a political party that is part of the government in Maharashtra,” Ms. Ranaut’s amended petition said.
The “same party” is also the ruling party in BMC, the “Queen” actor said in his petition, without naming Shiv Senna, who runs BMC – India’s richest municipal corporation.
The issue escalated sharply in the first week of this month after Ms. Ranaut said she was afraid to live in Mumbai, after which Shiv Sena leaders, including Sanjay Rout, told her she should move out of Mumbai. She then responded that “Mumbai feels like PoK”, abbreviated to Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, a comment she repeated on the day BMC moved to demolition work.
Ms Kangana claims that BMC came out to harass her because she received a notice of demolition on September 7, asking her to respond within 24 hours when she was in Manali amid the coronavirus pandemic. Two days later, she flew to Mumbai, accompanied by a ring from Y-plus security officials given by the center on her complaint that she had received threats.
BMC’s move has raised questions such as whether the actor has been sufficiently informed as he has been out of Mumbai for months and why no action has been taken sooner. BMC was also called during its operation, as Ms Ranaut had announced her return date last week.
The issue will be heard again on September 22 at the Supreme Court in Bombay.