Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken action against actor Sonu Sood for allegedly converting a six-storey residential building in Juhu into a hotel without obtaining permission from the civic hotel.
The BMC filed a police complaint against Sood on 4 January, in which it stated that it had located a residential building, named Shakti Sagar, on Juhu’s AB Nair Road into a hotel without change of user permissions, reported The Times of India.
As per the report, the Mumbai civic body has asked Juhu police to take cognizance of the crimes committed by the actor, citing unauthorized additions, changes and user changes under the Maharashtra Police and Town Planning (MRTP) Act.
However, the actor has stated that “there is no irregularity”. The report stated that they had permission from BMC to replace users and were only awaiting approval from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA).
In October 2020, Actor moved the city’s civil court against the notice sent by the BMC, but received no interim relief, the report cited officials.
The court gave Sood three weeks to appeal in the High Court. Time passed but he did not restore the changes and additions as per the approved plan, a civic official told the publication. Therefore, BMC has filed a police complaint under the MRTP Act to file an FIR, the official said.
Meanwhile, the actor said that he has already taken approval from BMC to change the user. This was subject to the approval of MCZMA. ”
He further stated that “the COVID-19 epidemic has not allowed it. There are no irregularities. ”
Sood said that the hotel had been used to house COVID-19 warriors during the pandemic. If permissions don’t come, he will restore it back to a residential building, the report stated quoting the actor.