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BMC accuses actor Sonu Sood of converting residential building into hotel, files police complaint


The actor had offered the same six-storey building to set up isolated residential facilities for medical professionals at the beginning of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has filed a police complaint against actor Sonu Sood, accusing him of illegally converting a residential building in Mumbai's upscale Juhu into a hotel without the necessary permissions.

The corporation has alleged that Sood had ignored its notice and was continuing to carry out the unauthorized development.

This is the same six-storey building that Sood had offered to set up isolated residential facilities for medical professionals at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown last year.

The 47-year-old was widely praised for his actions during the pandemic and even received several awards for his efforts to help a large number of stranded migrants return home during the lockdown by hiring buses from Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.

Responding to the complaint, Sood told The Times of India newspaper, "I have taken approval for change of user from the BMC. It was subject to the approval of the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority. 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 to a residential structure. I am appealing against the BMC's complaint in the Bombay high court."