Lata moves HC against civic body on demolition of shed
Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar has appealed Bombay High Court to set aside a notice of Kolhapur Municipal Corporation asking the singer to stop demolition of her studio in Kolhapur as it had heritage status.mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2010 20:55 IST
Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar has appealed Bombay High Court to set aside a notice of Kolhapur Municipal Corporation asking the singer to stop demolition of her studio in Kolhapur as it had heritage status.
Justice D D Sinha and Justice Mridula Bhatkar on Tuesday directed KMC to file a reply within four weeks.
The 80-year old singer contended that she had started demolition of the dilapidated shed of her Jay Prabha studio after she received a notice from KMC on April 16 saying the structure was 60 years old and could fall anytime thereby posing danger to people on adjacent road and also to students of nearby school.
The April 16 notice also warned Mangeshkar that she would be held responsible if any accident occurred, the petition said.
However, when demolition work commenced the singer received two more notices dated July 9 and July 10 asking her to stop demolition work.
The notices asked Mangeshkar to retain the original iron frame of the shed and not to make any changes to the original structure as it fell under Heritage Grade III category, the court was informed.
"All the iron sheets and the roof were removed and when the work of removing the iron frame was in process, KMC issued a fresh notice. My bona fide intention was only to avoid any incident as the condition of the shed and that of the iron frame is very bad," Mangeshkar said in the petition.