The unapproved construction at Union minister Narayan Rane's mansion in the Juhu area must be torn down, the Bombay High Court ordered the Mumbai civic body on Tuesday, citing the building's violations of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) and Floor Space Index (FSI) regulations.
A division bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and Kamal Khata said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cannot be permitted to consider and allow the second application filed by a company run by the Rane family, seeking regularisation of the unauthorised construction as it would encourage "wholesale unauthorised constructions".
The court directed the BMC to demolish the unauthorised parts within a period of two weeks and submit a compliance report to the court one week thereafter.
Additionally, the bench fined Mr. Rane 10 lakh in costs, which must be paid to the Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority within two weeks.
Narayan Rane’s advocate Shardul Singh sought that the court stay its order for six weeks so that he could approach the Supreme Court in appeal.