bmc: BMC team visits Ranas’ Mumbai flat for ‘inspection’, but finds it locked

A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) team inspected the apartments of Independent MP Navneet Rana and her husband and MLA Ravi Rana in suburban Khar here, but found it locked, an official said. The MLA couple, who were arrested last month for their announcement to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence, got bail earlier in the day. There were complaints of illegal construction on the eighth floor of Lavi Bhavan, where the Rana family has an apartment, the official said.

A team of seven to eight officers visited the building around 12.30 pm, but Rana’s apartment was closed, so the team returned without inspecting, he said. He said the team would visit the house again on Thursday or Friday. On May 2, the H ward office of the BMC had issued a notice to the society and the residents of the eighth floor under section 488 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, 1888 on a complaint of illegal construction. According to section 488, the officers of the BMC may enter any premises for the purpose of inspection, survey or performance of essential work. The notice said that BMC officials can come home on or after May 4.

The couple was arrested by the Mumbai Police on April 23 under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including sedition and ‘promoting enmity between groups’, even though they planned to recite Hanuman Chalisa outside the Thackeray residence. have left. On Wednesday, a court allowed his bail plea.

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