BMC accuses Kangana Ranaut of illegal construction, she alleges intimidation

A BMC team visited the bungalow on Tuesday morning around 10 and pasted the notice as nobody there was ready to receive it

Published: 08th September 2020 10:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2020 10:04 PM   |  A+A-

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut (Photo | PTI)


MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday pasted a notice at Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's bungalow, claiming that many alterations were carried out on the premises without due permissions.

While the civic body issued a `stop-work' notice, Ranaut denied the allegations and accused the BMC of trying to "intimidate" her.

On Monday, the BMC had carried out an inspection at her bungalow in Pali Hill in suburban Bandra.

A BMC team visited the bungalow on Tuesday morning around 10 and pasted the notice as nobody there was ready to receive it, a civic official told PTI.

The notice, issued under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, highlighted that the ongoing renovation and finishing work was "beyond approved plan".

"We have asked her to submit necessary permissions regarding the illegal construction," said Vinayak Vispute, officer, H-West ward.

There were over a dozen illegal alterations at the bungalow, such as a "toilet being converted into office cabin" and "new toilets being constructed along side the staircase", BMC officials said.

Other alterations listed in the notice include enclosing of a balcony and extension of the third floor.

The notice asked the actor to inform within 24 hours if she had obtained necessary approvals, and stop ongoing work.

If she failed to produce permissions within 24 hours, these alterations will be pulled down without further notice, it warned.

Reacting to the notice, Ranaut tweeted, "Because of the criticism that @mybmc received from my friends on social media, they didn't come with a bulldozer today instead stuck a notice to stop leakage work that is going on in the office, friends I may have risked a lot but I find immense love and support from you all".

She also responded to the notice through her lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui.

"No work is being carried out by my client (Kangana) in her premises as falsely understood by you (BMC). Therefore the Stop Work Notice issued is absolutely bad in law and appears to have been issued only to intimidate my client by misusing your dominant position," Ranaut's lawyer said in the letter to Executive Engineer, H/West Ward.

Ranaut would legally respond to the notice within seven days and in the meantime the BMC should not misuse its "dominant position" to cause prejudice to the actor with any "hidden agenda coupled with ulterior motives", it said.

"My client has the right to prosecute the officers for trespassing upon her premises illegally with a criminal intent to cause injury," the letter added.

The BMC, meanwhile, also filed a caveat before a civil court, saying that Ranaut was likely to file a suit challenging the notice, and no order should be passed in the matter without hearing the civic body.

According to BMC sources, the original plan of the bungalow was approved in 1979 and it was meant for residential use.

Ranaut's recent remark comparing Mumbai to Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK) has drawn ire of the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. The party also controls the BMC.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp