According to information obtained by RTI activist Anil Galgali, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has regularised modifications in the properties of actor Amitabh Bachchan and six others, in October 2017. The development came over two months before the BMC demolished illegal constructions inside BJP MP and actor Shatrughan Sinha’s eight-storey residential bungalow, ‘Ramayan’ in suburban Juhu, in January 2018.
A BMC official informed in a letter that illegal construction in Wings 1 to 7 at Oberoi Seven, in Yashodhan in Goregaon east, was regularised after a revised plan for the same was approved by the P-south administrative ward, Galgali said. Bachchan owns the bungalow, he said. “A notice, under Section 53(1) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, was issued in December 2016, to the owners of (the) wings for illegal construction,” read the letter. “In response to the notice, architect Shashank Kokil representing the owner/residents/developers, submitted an amended plan on January 5, 2017 to the executive engineer (building proposal), western suburbs, P ward and the same was regularised on October 26, 2017,” it said.
After the BMC served notice to Bachchan and others, for allegedly carrying out illegal constructions on their properties, the actor’s attorney issued a statement. “Our client has purchased a property in Oberoi Seven from M/s Oberoi Realty Limited, vide agreement dated October 29, 2012, registered before the sub-registrar of assurances, on November 2, 2012. The property was purchased as a bare shell and our client has neither put any brick, nor taken out any brick from the said property. Hence, the question of illegal construction does not arise,” the statement had said. The BMC had also issued notices to filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, Pankaj Balaji, Sanjay Vyas, Haresh Khandelwal, Haris Jagtiani and Oberoi Realty, under the Act.