HC seeks explanation from Shah Rukh on bungalow construction

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Mumbai, Sep 13 (UNI) The Bombay High Court today directed Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan to file within two weeks an affidavit regarding alleged violation of DC rules while constructing his new bungalow off Bandra's Mount Mary road.

Besides Khan, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice D Y Chandrachud, also directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to file its reply on a public interest litigation seeking demolition of Shah Rukh Khan's newly-constructed bungalow, adjacent to his existing bungalow 'Mannat'.

The PIL, filed by Bhrashtachar Nirmoolan Sanghatana, has alleged that the actor violated the BMC's sanctioned development plan in connivance with its officials. The petitioner alleged that BMC officials had favoured the Bollywood star by reducing the width of an adjacent road by three metres.

The petitioner's lawyer Shakuntala Joshi, while showing photographs, contended that balcony of Shah Rukh Khan's new bungalow was encroaching on the road, which otherwise should have been few feet inside the proposed roadline. The sanctioned DP shows width of the proposed road as 9.15 metres, whereas now only 6.15 metres width has been left, she added.

Shah Rukh Khan's counsel told the court that the allegation was baseless as the BMC had approved the plans.

While considering another point in the petition regarding alleged illegal construction of ''The Mall'' on S V Road in Malad, the court came down heavily on an executive engineer of the BMC for filing a ''patently incorrect'' affidavit, which according to the court gave no particulars, no details of the construction. The court directed the officer concerned to be present in court on next date of hearing on September 20.

UNI

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