HC Directs Bachchans to file representation to BMC 

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On Wednesday, Bombay High Court advised Amitabh Bachchan and his wife, Jaya Bachchan, to file a representation to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The court directed them towards this move against a notice that was issued to the Bachchan family by the BMC to acquire a portion of their Juhu Bungalow- ‘Pratiksha’. Earlier, the Bachchans had moved to the High Court, challenging the notice that had been issued to them by the civic body.

A division bench consisting of Justices R. D. Dhanuka and S. M. Modak directed them to file a representation to the BMC within the next two weeks. 

“Once the representation is filed, the BMC shall hear and take a decision six weeks after that. Once a decision is taken, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioners for three weeks.”  

-Bombay High Court  

The high court also stated that if required, a personal hearing can be given to the lawyers of the aforementioned family.

A petition has been sought to diminish the notices issued to the family and restrain BMC from taking any unintended actions.  

This case dates back to April 2017. The Bachchans were issued two notices by BMC stating that their property crosses the regular line of the street, and the civic body intends to take possession of that land along with any structure or wall from thereon.

The Bachchans deputed their representation in BMC and inquired about the notice. The family pointed out to the BMC officials that it would be easier for the civic body to widen the street on the opposite side of the location of the plots.   

The petition filed by the Bachchans stated that the

“impugned notices do not take into account the building structures existing on the plots, which cannot be demolished as per the MMC Act.” 

Furthermore, the civic body has not issued any notices to other holders of plots on the same side of the road, and they took no action for widening the stretch of the road showing the disparity in action, the petition claimed. 


Edited By- subbuthai padma

Published By- Satheesh Kumar

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