The Bombay High Court on Monday extended a civil court order up to January 13, interim protection to actor Sonu Sood by BMC against alleged illegal structural changes made by him in a residential building in suburban Juhu without permission. The order to deliver was given.
Sood approached HC in October last week, dismissing his suit against BMC’s action, challenging the notice issued against him by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and an order passed by a civil court in December.
The civil court, dismissing the suit, gave Sood three weeks to file an appeal and stayed his order, which brought relief to the actor. On Monday, BMC lawyer Anik Sakhare sought time to respond to the actor’s plea.
Sood’s lawyer Amogh Singh then gave a direction to the interim protection and civil body not to take any concrete action.
Justice Prithviraj Chavan adjourned the petition till January 13, saying, ‘The order passed by the lower court will continue till then. Sood’s lawyer Singh told HC that the actor had not done any illegal or unauthorized construction in the six-storey Shakti Sagar Bhavan.
‘The petitioner (Sood) has not made any changes in the building which the BMC allows. Singh said that only those changes have been allowed which have been made under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act. BMC’s counsel Sakhare, however, argued that the petitioner was illegally converting the residential building into a hotel without purchase of a license.
‘A six-storey residential building is running a 24-room hotel. Bikaner has taken demolition action on the property twice … once in 2018 and again in February 2020. But, illegal construction still continues. He said that now a police complaint has been filed by the corporation.
Justice Chavan then asked Sood’s lawyer whether the actor was operating the hotel in the building without a license. ‘Are you doing hotel business without a license? You should come to court with clean hands. If not, you have to bear the consequences, ‘Justice Chavan said. To this, Singh said that Sood is not running a hotel business, but is ‘running a residential hotel in which flats are rented out to people.’
Sood’s petition has demanded the court to quash the notice issued by the BMC and grant interim relief of no concrete action against it for not taking action against it.
Sood, who is best known for his roles in films like ‘Dabangg’, ‘Jodha Akbar’ and ‘Simba’, used his philanthropic work to help migrants reach their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown last year. Came to the limelight.