Kangana Ranaut's plea against office demolition adjourned by HC; next hearing on September 22
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's petition challenging the destruction of her office by the BMC has been adjourned by the Bombay High Court
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's petition challenging the destruction of her office by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been adjourned by the Bombay High Court. The court had stopped the demolition midway Wednesday in what was seen as an achievement for Kangana amid her clashes with the ruling government in the state. A subsequent hearing was held on Thursday, where after hearing both sides, the court said the next hearing will be held on September 22.
Meanwhile, in a show of solidarity with Kangana Ranaut, IMPPA, the association of film producers in India, has condemned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its demolition drive at the office building of the actress.
In a statement issued to the media on Thursday, the Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association (IMPPA) president TP Aggarwal said: "All these things are neither good for the government nor good for Kangana Ranaut. The action taken by the Maharashtra government or BMC is absolutely wrong and should be condemned."
"Although the court has stayed the demolition, BMC has already done what they had to do. At least they should have given time before demolition. You ask her what is wrong construction and if she had given the answer, they would have broken it if it was wrong. It never happens that you demolish a property on such short notice of one day."
Aggarwal said that Kangana is a respected and a good member of the IMPPA, and a winner of four National Awards. He added that Kangana is a good actor and that she speaks freely, though he was critical of certain comments she made after the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
"I feel she shouldn't have said some things and one of them is on nepotism. I believe that nepotism is everywhere. There is not much of nepotism in the film industry. If nepotism had been prevalent in the society then Kangana would not have been such a big star. She said that the entire industry is involved in drugs. If so many people take drugs in this industry, then the drug mafia in Mumbai should have their share in the film industry. As far as I believe there will be 5-7 per cent of people who take drugs and they are in every field. By calling the film industry a drug addict, you are stopping the funds coming into the industry," the statement further read.
(With inputs from IANS)