Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday called Bollywood actor Sonu Sood a ‘habitual offender of illegal construction’ in its affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court.
The civic body stated that Sood has been carrying out unauthorised construction work in a residential building in suburban Juhu despite demolition action initiated on two occasions in the past.
The affidavit was filed in response to a petition filed by Sood last week challenging a notice issued against him by BMC in October last year and order passed by a civil court in December 2020 dismissing his suit against the notice.
In the notice, BMC had claimed that Sood carried out illegal structural changes in the six-storeyed residential building ‘Shakti Sagar’ and was converting it into a hotel.
“The appellant is a habitual offender and wants to enjoy the commercial proceeds of the unauthorised work and therefore once again started reconstructing the demolished portion in order to make it operational as a hotel albeit illegally and without permission from the License department,” the civic body said in the affidavit, as quoted by Hindustan Times.
As per the affidavit, Sood was trying to protect an “ex-facie illegal commercial hotel which has been constructed and modified by the appellant (Sood) contrary to the sanctioned building plan”.
“The appellant has not been given permission for change of user of the said property from residential to commercial and there is no license to run the commercial hotel,” it added.
The BMC said initial action was initiated against the illegal construction in September 2018 but Sood continued the construction work.