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Actor Sonu Sood withdraws plea in SC against Bombay HC order on 'illegal' construction

The apex court, which permitted the withdrawal of the petition, orally observed that no coercive action be taken against Sood until the civic authorities decide on his application for regularisation.
 

Actor Sonu Sood withdraws plea in SC against Bombay HC order on 'illegal' construction-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 5, 2021, 4:34 PM IST
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New Delhi: Bollywood actor Sonu Sood Friday has withdrawn his plea from the Supreme Court wherein he had challenged the Bombay High Court order dismissing his case on alleged illegal construction at his residential building in Mumbai's Juhu area.

The apex court, which permitted the withdrawal of the petition, orally observed that no coercive action be taken against Sood until the civic authorities decide on his application for regularisation.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramanian also asked the municipal corporation not to take any coercive action against him till his representation is decided.

According to Bar and Bench, appearing for Sood, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted, "Please record that I withdraw the SLP and suit from which it arises. The department may process my application and decide by speaking order."

The Court expressed a note of appreciation in response, with Chief Justice of India SA Bobde orally observing,

"This is one of the rare instances that a case has been resolved through correct advice and does not happen very often."

The Bombay High Court had dismissed his appeal against the BMC notice. Sood had approached the high court challenging an order of a city court that had dismissed his suit against the BMC notice on the alleged illegal construction carried out by him.

Sood claimed that the construction on his bungalow was granted partial approval by the BMC commissioner and is awaiting clearance from the Mumbai Coastal Regulation Zone Authority.

Sood had sought 10 weeks to comply with the notice issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in October last year, and requested Bombay High Court to direct the civic body not to initiate demolition action.

As per the BMC, the Bollywood actor had carried out structural changes in the six-storey residential building ''Shakti Sagar'', and allegedly converted it into a hotel without taking requisite permissions.

The BMC earlier this month also filed a complaint at the Juhu police station, seeking an FIR to be lodged against Sood for allegedly converting the residential building into a hotel without permission.

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