- The BMC has filed a police complaint against Bollywood star Sonu Sood for allegedly converting, without the requisite permission, a residential building in Juhu into a hotel
- At the start of last year’s coronavirus lockdown, Sonu Sood offered the same building for quarantine facilities for medical professionals
- Sonu Sood was hailed as a hero after helping a substantial number of migrants return home during the lockdown
Actor Sonu Sood has been accused by the Mumbai Civic Body BMC, which has also lodged a police complaint, of illegally turning a residential building in Mumbai’s upscale Juhu into a hotel.
At the beginning of last year’s coronavirus lockdown, the actor had proposed the same six-storey building for quarantine facilities for medical professionals.
The police said they will investigate the case and take appropriate action following the complaint by the BMC or Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Sonu Sood has yet to comment on the issue.
A BJP leader responded to the complaint and alleged that Sonu Sood was harassed by the BMC and the Maharashtra government after another actor, Kangana Ranaut.
Ram Kadam said Mr Sood’s humanitarian work with the Shiv Sena-led government during the coronavirus pandemic did not go down well and so they were targeting him.
Ram Kadam addressing this issue on Twitter attacking Shiv Sena said, “Another vendetta politics by Shiv Sena? This complaint against actor and social worker, Sonu Sood seems politically motivated. The Tweet further said, “We saw how this Maharashtra government attacked and targeted Kangana Ranaut. Shiv Sena have always been against the humanitarian work of Sonu Sood.”
Mr.Kadam tweeted further in Hindi which said, “How many people’s voices are you going to suppress?”
Having helped a large number of migrants return home during the lockdown by hiring buses from Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, Sonu Sood was hailed as a hero.
The 47-year-old star, who was widely lauded for his contributions during the pandemic and later won numerous awards, had also introduced a toll-free helpline number to assist those who needed assistance.
On September 9, for alleged ‘unauthorized’ construction, the BMC demolished parts of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow in the Pali Hill area. This came soon after her Twitter remarks, where she referred the city to “PoK” while questioning the handling of the Sushant Singh Rajput case by the Mumbai police. She moved to the High Court against the demolition of her bungalow by the BMC. The BMC’s conduct was later termed unconstitutional and malicious by the high court.