Union minister Narayan Rane moves HC against BMC notice on ‘illegal’ alterations in Mumbai bungalow

Union Minister Narayan Rane on Monday approached the Bombay High Court challenging the notice issued to him and his family by the Mumbai civic body over alleged unauthorized alterations to his bungalow in suburban Juhu. Rane has sought quashing of notices (February 25, March 4 and March 16, 2022) issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and orders passed by the designated officer of the corporation, terming it “perverse, illegal and in violation”. of their fundamental rights”.

The petition was mentioned for urgent hearing on Monday before a division bench headed by Justice AA Syed headed by Rane’s counsel Amogha Singh.

The bench said that it will hear the petition on Tuesday.

The Shiv Sena-controlled BMC last week issued a notice to BJP MP Rane, directing him to remove the changes made in the bungalow ‘Aadish’. The civic body said if the changes were not removed, it would be forced to demolish it and charge the owner a fee.

Rane’s petition claimed that the BMC notice was issued in the name of a company ‘Artline Properties Pvt Ltd’ which was merged with another company in which Rane and his family had shares.

The petition said that being the beneficiary owners of the company, Rane and his family lived in the ‘Adish’ bungalow, but since the premises were owned by the company, the petition was being filed through the company.

It said that the first notice was sent on February 25 to the names of the owners/occupiers to explain why the alleged unauthorized additions/changes in use of the premises were not in contravention of the approved plans.

Rane’s wife Neelam Rane and son Nilesh Rane, a former director of Artline Properties, responded to the notice, highlighting “malicious intent”.

The reply stated that the notice was issued after the completion of nine years of the building.

After this the former directors were called for hearing before the BMC official.

Meanwhile, a second notice was issued on March 4, 2022.

Simultaneously, the company also made an application to maintain the parts of the premises which were allegedly violated by paying ₹8,790 as prescribed by the BMC.

The petition said that the company has clarified in the application that no rule has been violated and the entire premises is within the permissible FSI (Floor Space Index) limits.

Despite this, the designated officer of the BMC passed an order on the basis of the first notice, directing the removal of the alleged unauthorized work from the premises within 15 days.

Thereafter the second scheduled hearing was also held and another similar order was passed.

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