Actor Kangana Ranaut
Actor Kangana Ranaut
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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, granted two days time to actor Kangana Ranaut to spell out if she would be filing an application before the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to regularise the illegal alterations she had made in her Khar-based flat.

A bench of Justice Prithviraj Chavan ordered Ranaut's counsel to take instructions from the actor if she would be seeking to regularise the illegal alterations. The bench was seized with a plea filed by Ranaut, challenging the decision of a civil court, which dismissed her suit that challenged the demolition notice issued by the BMC to her for the 'rampant' illegalities in her flat.

BMC has claimed that the actor has converted her three flats as one single unit, which is against the sanctioned plan. The civil court, in its December 22 orders, while dismissing the actor's plea, had observed that she had done 'grave violation of the sanctioned plan.'

On Tuesday, Ranaut's counsel Birendra Saraf told Justice Chavan that his client had not done any illegal construction or alteration. Instead, it was the developer, who resorted to the illegalities. He emphasised on the 'ongoing vendetta' against Ranaut at the hands of authorities in the state.

At this, the court sought to know if Ranaut would file an application, seeking to regularise these illegalities, to which Saraf responded that he would need some time to take instructions from the actress, who isn't in the city.

During the course of the hearing, senior counsel Aspi Chinoy for BMC informed the bench that usually a regularisation application has to be filed within 30 days of receiving the demolition notice. However, Chinoy said, Ranaut has already delayed approaching the civic body by three years since the demolition notice was first issued in 2018.

The bench, accordingly, adjourned the hearing till Friday with a directive to the civic body not to proceed with any action till then.

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