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BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane has received a major setback from the Bombay High Court. In fact, the Bombay High Court has directed the BMC to demolish the ongoing unauthorized construction of his bungalow in Mumbai within two weeks. Apart from this, a fine of Rs 10 lakh has also been imposed. The matter was being heard by a division bench of Justice RD Dhanuka and Justice Kamal Khata. The BMC team had inspected Rane’s ‘Adheesh’ bungalow a few months back for violating the norms of the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ). After that a notice was issued to Rane under section 351(1) of the BMC Act 1888. The notice issued by the BMC K-West ward official stated that the changes made in the bungalow were not in accordance with the approved plans.
Rane’s lawyer sought extension of six months, demand rejected
Rane’s lawyer Shardul Singh sought a stay of his order for six weeks from the court so that he can approach the Supreme Court in appeal. However, the bench rejected it. The court dismissed the petition filed by Kalka Real Estates, a company owned by Rane’s family, seeking a direction to the BMC to decide on his second application, unaffected by the orders passed by the civic body earlier.
Rane moves Bombay High Court to quash BMC notice
Rane had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking quashing of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) notice by Union Minister Narayan Rane. Rane, in the petition, had termed the notices given by the BMC on February 25, March 4 and March 16 as perverted, illegal and a violation of fundamental rights. Rane’s counsel Amogha Singh had appealed for an early hearing on the petition before a bench of Justice A Syed. After this, the Bombay High Court had banned the demolition of the illegal construction for a few days. However, now he has got a big setback from the Bombay High Court.
Know what was unauthorized construction?
The notice mentions unauthorized alterations to the ground floor of the bungalow and seven of the eight floors. A BMC official says that from the first floor to the 8th floor (except the 7th floor), rooms have been built instead of the garden, while according to the rules, all the floors of the eight-storey bungalow are required to have a garden area.