Popular comedian Kapil Sharma’s month old controversy alleging corruption in Shiv Sena-BJP ruled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took a new twist today. Kapil on Monday moved the Bombay High Court against BMC’s notice which states that it will demolish illegal portion of his office in Versova, Mumbai.
Earlier in September, Kapil tweeted that he had been paying Rs 15 crore as income tax for the last five years and yet he was asked for a Rs 5 lakh bribe by the civic body to make his office. He also took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying are these the good days that you promised.
While the BMC sent him a letter asking him to furnish details about the officials who sought bribe from him and promised to take action, it also emerged that the civic body had served the comedian a notice on July 16, asking him to stop illegal construction of his commercial property on a residential plot near Versova mangroves.
“In the Versova case, the Corporation had served a notice on him on July 16. Since he did not pay heed to it, we demolished the illegal portion of his office structure on August 4. As far as another complaint is concerned, he was served notice under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act in April for unauthorised work on his 9th floor apartment at Goregaon (West),” said senior BMC official.
Moreover, Maharashtra chief minister Davendra Fadnavis replied to his tweets saying that if Kapil could provide the necessary information, he will look into the matter and take the strictest action.