Restructuring Residential Building into a Hotel Lands Sonu Sood in Trouble
Bollywood star Sonu Sood has been slashed with police complaints by the BMC for allegedly converting the six-story Shakti Sagar residential building in Juhu into a hotel without the required permissions. The actor has, however, denied the allegations.
Sood maintains that he had the necessary permissions and was only awaiting clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA).
The BMC's complaint stated, "It has been found that Sonu Sood has instituted/commenced/undertaken/carried out development or changed the user of land. Unauthorized addition/alterations beyond the approved plan and unauthorized change of user from residential to residential hotel building without taking technical sanction from the competent authority."
It was reported that the BMC asked the Juhu police to take cognizance of the offense under the Maharashtra Region and Town Planning (MRTP) Act.
The complaint states, "It was alleged that Sonu had not complied with the notice and was continuing to carry out the “unauthorized development even after the notice was served on him."
Officials said that Sood had moved the city civil court against a notice sent by the BMC in October last year but did not get any interim relief.
When contacted, Sood said in a statement to TOI, "I have taken approval for change of use from the BMC. It was subject to the approval of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority. This permission hasn't come due to Covid-19. There are no irregularities. I always abide by the law. This hotel was used to house Covid-19 warriors during the pandemic. If permissions don't come, I will restore it to a residential structure. I am appealing against the BMC's complaint in the Bombay HC."