HC dismisses Sonu Sood’s plea challenging BMC notice on illegal construction

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On Thursday, the High Court of Bombay dismissed actor Sonu Sood’s petition challenging the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) notice on “illegal” construction at his residence.

On Jan 4, the BMC filed a written complaint at the Juhu police station under the Maharashtra Region & Town Planning Act (MRTP Act). The BMC in its complaint sought an FIR to be lodged against Sood for allegedly converting the residential building into a hotel without permission.

In response, Sood filed a plea in the High Court, challenging the notice issued against him.

The alleged unauthorised developments & additions have been made in a Shakti Sagar residential building in the Juhu area of the metropolis.

As per the complaint issued by the BMC, Sood was first served a notice on Oct 27, 2020, & the deadline to respond to that ended on Nov 26 the same year.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its affidavit before the Bombay HC in Sood’s alleged illegal construction case on Wednesday told the HC that Sood was a ‘habitual offender’.

The BMC said that “Sonu Sood is a habitual offender & wants to enjoy commercial proceeds of their unauthorised constructions & therefore has once again started reconstructing the demolished portion in order to make it operational as the hotel albeit illegally & without permission from the licensing department”.

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