Sonu Sood’s building demolition by BMC
The Bombay high court on Monday is extended till January as it has restrained BMC from taking any action on the demolition notice issued to Sonu Sood over illegal additions and alterations made in his Juhu building. The civil court had granted Sood three weeks to approach the high court.
Sood had filed the application before the civil court, challenging two notices issued by BMC -one for the demolition of the additions and alterations made in Shakti Sagar Building and the other about an unauthorized change of use of the building from residential to commercial.
The actor moved to the high court on January 5 after the civil court rejected his plea. Senior advocate Anil Sakhare and advocate Joel Karlos, who represented BMC, pointed out that the actor has put up unauthorized partitions across all floors in the building and also converted the residential building into a hotel without taking permission from the authorities.
Sakhare also pointed out that the illegal additions and alterations were twice demolished earlier by the civic body, once in 2018 and another on February 14, 2020.
Amogh Singh, Sonu Sood`s advocate maintained that the building was not being used as a hotel, but as a residential hotel. He said there is a difference between a hotel and a residential hotel, where flats are rented out to guests for a relatively long period of time. Singh submitted that Sood had filed an application in 2018 for regularisation of the alterations but the civic body had yet not taken a decision on it.
The matter will now come up for further hearing on January 13.