Setback of Minister Narayan Rane in a legal battle against the illegal construction of his house

The high court requested the civic body to demolish Narayan Rane’s bungalow in Juhu.

Mumbai:

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday ordered the Mumbai civic body to demolish the unauthorized construction of Union Minister Narayan Rane’s bungalow in the Juhu area, noting that it violated the rules of the Index of Ground Space (FSI) and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ).

A divisional bench consisting of Justices RD Dhanuka and Kamal Khata said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot be allowed to consider and authorize the second application filed by a company run by the Rane family, seeking the regularization of the unauthorized construction because it would encourage “wholesale unauthorized construction”.

The court ordered the BMC to demolish the unauthorized parts within two weeks and submit a compliance report to the court one week after.

The bench also imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on Rane and ordered the amount to be deposited with the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority within two weeks.

Mr Rane’s lawyer, Shardul Singh, has asked the court to suspend his order for six weeks so he can appeal to the Supreme Court.

The bench, however, rejected him.

The court rejected the petition filed by Kaalkaa Real Estates, a company owned by Mr Rane’s family, asking for instructions from the BMC to decide on their second claim without being influenced by the orders passed by the civic body earlier. .

The BMC had in June this year rejected the request for regularization, noting that there were violations in the construction.

The company filed a second application in July, saying it was seeking the regularization of a smaller portion than it had previously applied for, and under new provisions of the Control and Promotion Regulations 2034 of development.

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