On Monday, the Bombay High extended a civil court order that offered interim security to actor Sonu Sood till January 13th from any kind of coercive action by the BMC for a so-called illegal structure conducted by the actor in a residential building in Juhu, of course, without permission.
Sood, approached the HC, challenging a notice that was issued against him by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC in October 2019 and an order passed by a civil court in December dismissing the actor’s suit against the BMC’s action.
The civil court, dismissing the suit, granted Sood three weeks’ time to file an appeal and stayed its order, granting the actor some relief. On Monday, Anik Sakhare, BMC’s counsel sought time for responding to Sood’s petition. The actor’s advocate, Amogh Singh, then sought interim protection from the civic body to not carry out coercive actions.
The actor’s advocate informed the HC that he has not done any illegal or unauthorized construction in the six-storey Shakti Sagar building. Justice Prithviraj Chavan, adjourning the petition, stated that the order from the lower court will go on until the 13th.
The actor’s advocate Singh informed the HC that Sood’s actions in the Shakti Sagar building were not illegal or unauthorized.
Sakhare, BMC’s counsel, still argued that the petitioner was converting the residential building into a hotel without a license. “A hotel with 24 rooms is being run in the six-storey residential building.
The BMC has taken demolition action on the property twice…once in 2018 and then in February 2020. But still, the illegal construction is on,” Sakhare mentioned. He added that a police complaint has been filed by the corporation.
Justice Chavan inquired Sood’s lawyer about the actor operating a hotel in residential property without a license. “Are you conducting a hotel business without a license? You should come to the court with clean hands. If not, then you will have to face consequences,” Justice Chavan warned.
To this, Singh clarified that Sood was not conducting a hotel business instead of running a residential hotel, wherein flats are rented out to individuals. Sood’s petition has sought the court to set aside the notice published by the BMC and an interim relief assuring that no coercive action will be initiated against him.