Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of Andheri (west) ward demolished illegal extensions constructed by veteran actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha in his residential eight-storied apartment at Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai. Prashant Gaikwad, the Assistant Commissioner of Andheri civic ward said that in December 2017, they had issued a Monopolies Restrictive Trade Practise (MRTP) Act notice to him to remove the illegal toilet blocks constructed on the refuge floor, illegal office and also a puja room, and illegal toilet constructed on the terrace of the apartment.
In addition, all the ducts of the floor were covered leaving no escape routes. But, even after the warning notice, the BJP leader had failed to follow it and therefore after the final order copy of demolition issued on January 6, 2018, the illegal extensions were removed, said Gaikwad. He added a police case will soon be filed against Sinha for violating rules and the cost of the demolition will be recovered from him.
Sinha expressed his anger on Twitter and claimed it was a political vendetta. He tweeted, “People are asking me if I am paying the price for honest politics based on facts, figures & truth & for supporting statesman Yashwant Sinha’s support to Satara farmers. I have no answer.It could well be.” In another tweet, he said, “Started with the removal of my security cover in Delhi and now demolition at my residence. In all fairness, it could also be a knee-jerk reaction of BMC after the tragic fire in some Mumbai restaurants.”
The BMC had received several complaints of illegal extensions at Sinha’s residence ‘Ramayan’ in the last few months. Subsequently, notices were also served to him, said the civic official, who supervised the demolition work.