Sood has maintained he had BMC permissions for change of user and was only waiting for a clearance from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA).
The BMC, in its complaint to Juhu police dated January 4, stated Sood has converted the Shakti Sagar building, a residential building on Juhu’s AB Nair Road into a hotel without change of user permissions.
“It has been found that Sonu Sood has instituted/commenced/undertaken/carried out development or changed the user of land. Unauthorised addition/alterations beyond approved plan and unauthorised change of user from residential to residential hotel building without taking technical sanction from competent authority,” the BMC’s complaint stated.
“It was found that the accused had not complied with the notice and was continuing to carry out the unauthorised development even after the notice was served on him. The accused has committed a punishable offence under Section 7 of the MRTP Act… I request you to take cognisance of the offence and deal with the accused according to the law,” the BMC said.
Officials said that Sood had moved the city civil court against a notice sent by BMC in October but did not get any interim relief. “The court had given him 3 weeks’ time to appeal in high court. Since three weeks passed and he had not restored the alterations and additions as per the approved plan, we have filed a police complaint to register an FIR under the MRTP Act,” a civic official said. Activist Ganesh Kusmulu said BMC acted only after directions from then Lokayukta ML Tahaliyani. “I have been following up on this issue for close to two years. BMC must take demolition action,” Kusmulu said.
Sood said, “I have already taken approval for change of user from BMC. It was subject to approval of MCZMA. 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 back to a residential structure. I am appealing against BMC’s complaint in the Bombay high court.”
AMC Vishwas Mote of KWest ward said, “We are taking action as per procedure.”