Actor Kangana Ranaut visited the partially demolished office building in Pali Hills area of Mumbai this evening, shortly after the Bombay High Court adjourned a hearing – until 22 September – over its demolition by civil authorities.
In scenes shared by news agency ANI, 33-year-old Ms. Ranaut can be seen getting out of a car and inspecting various rooms in the building. The pictures also show what appears to be furniture and damaged walls. Heaps of granite and stones are also scattered around the room.
In the photos, the “Queen” actor also does not appear to be wearing a face mask – which is mandated by the center for all individuals when Kovid is outside their homes during lockdown.
Maharashtra is the most affected state with around 9.7 lakh cases. Ms. Ranaut, who flew from her native Himachal Pradesh yesterday, has tested negative for coronovirus.
The actor was seen with colleagues and armed guards; The Union Home Ministry has given Ms. Ranaut Y-plus-level security from CRPF.
Earlier today, the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing of the petition against the demolition of the office. Seen as a major victory for Ms. Ranaut, the court will now hear the case on 22 September.
The demolition of the building, which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims involved illegal construction, began yesterday. The court halted the demolition after Ms. Ranaut filed a petition.
The demolition, the court said, was “instructing him to respond within 24 hours when he was moving out of state, and not giving him any further time despite a written request …”.
The actor has said that he has permission for his production. It has also attacked Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena – which controls the BMC – to take revenge for its comments to the demolition order.
Ms. Ranaut is in the middle of a heated political row with the army following comments comparing the Sushant Singh Rajput case to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in Mumbai.
The Shiv Sena responded with a rebuke to senior leader Sanjay Raut – for which he refused to apologize – and secondly suggested that Ms. Ranaut be slapped and a case of treason filed.
Earlier this week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray swiped at Ms. Ranaut, without naming the actor. The Chief Minister said that some people have no gratitude towards the city where they earn their livelihood.
Ms Ranaut also faced two police complaints in which she tried to use abusive language against Mr Thackeray and to “lower the character and challenge the dignity” of the Maharashtra Chief Minister.
With input from ANI