HC dismisses PIL against Shahrukh Khan
Mumbai, Feb 22 (UNI) Bombay High Court today dismissed a PIL filed against Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, seeking a directive to restrain the actor from developing and constructing a building on a plot behind his dream home 'Mannat' in suburban Bandra as the building was a heritage structure.
A division bench, comprising Justice R M Lodha and Justice Anoop Mohta, dismissed the petition filed by Bandra resident Cyril Mecwan and Manav Joshi on the grounds that the actor had obtained permission from the Mumbai Heritage Structure Committee to re-develop it and had also complied with the objections raised by the committee.
The court also held that the dereservation of the plot was within the power of the State government and within the norms prescribed under the law.
The petitioner had alleged that in the year 2003 the plot was dereserved by a government notification and the same was sold to the actor.
The petitioner had claimed that the plot was originally reserved for an art gallery and as far as this bungalow was concerned, the actor had purchased it in the year 2000 which was known as Land End.
But the same was renamed by Khan as 'Mannat' which is violative of various laws protecting the heritage strucure.
The petitioner had urged the court for a direction to the state to cancel and revoke its notification dereserving the said plot.
Presently, a building which is an extension to 'Mannat' is under construction to the plot.
During the previous budget session of the State Legislature, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde had alleged that the government had dereserved the plot for the actor and had demanded an enquiry.
However, the actor had then dismissed the allegation against him.
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