The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to file a reply to actor Kangana Ranaut's petition against the demolition of a part of her bungalow here, and said it will start final hearing from Friday. The hearing can not be delayed because the bungalow should not be left in the present partially demolished state during monsoon as some mishap might happen, the judges said.
"Since 40 per cent of the Petitioner's Bungalow is already demolished on 9th September, 2020 and the Bungalow continues to stand in partially demolished condition, it is likely that some mishap may be caused due to the heavy rainfall in Mumbai. It is therefore necessary to hear the matter at the earliest," the bench said, scheduling the hearing at 3 pm on Friday.
Kangana Ranaut reacted to the Bombay HC's comment and said that it brought tears to her eyes and her heart is 'healed'.
She tweeted, "Honourable Justice HC, this brought tears to my eyes, in the lashing rains of Mumbai my house is indeed falling apart, you thought about my broken house with so much compassion and concern means a lot to me, my heart is healed thank you for giving me back all that I had lost."
On Tuesday, Ranaut's lawyer senior counsel Birendra Saraf had submitted a DVD of a speech in which Raut allegedly made a comment threatening the actor. Following it, the HC permitted Ranaut to make both Raut and Late parties to the case.
On Thursday, Raut's counsel Pradeep Thorat asked for more time to file reply, saying the Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member was in New Delhi.
BMC's senior counsel Anil Sakhre also sought more time for filing reply on Late's behalf.
Justice Kathawalla said the bench will begin hearing the petitioner (Ranaut) on Friday and Raut could file his reply anytime before his lawyers start their arguments.
The bench, however, directed the BMC to file the reply on Late's behalf by Monday.
(With inputs from PTI)