The well- known comedian Kapil Sharma is again in trouble. He is very well known for his comedy and his hit show “The Kapil Sharma Show”. But the actor is again in the news, the Mumbai police lodged a fresh FIR on Wednesday. He has been charged for the illegal construction activities in a mangroves buffer zone, an activist revealed.
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On December 9 order of Railway Mobile Court’s Metropolitan Magistrate Amitabh A. Panchbhai for the FIR came on a plea filed by activist S. Daundkar through lawyers Abha Singh and Aditya Pratap.
Actors complaint was lodged on Wednesday at the Versova police station under the Environment Protect Act, 1986, Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966, and the Indian Penal Code, Daundkar said.
Daundkar further mentioned, Sharma owned a bungalow in SVP Nagar, Oshiwara, Andheri West, where construction of an illegal extra floor was undertaken. Kapil Sharma later expressed his issues through the social media. He tweeted that a bribe of Rs 500,000 was being demanded from him.
“However, Sharma did not abide by his statutory duty under the law to inform the Anti-Corruption Bureau so that the accused public servant could be trapped red-handed,” said lawyer Abha Singh.
Kapil Sharma has been served a stop-work notice from the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation on July 16. The notice has been served for carrying on illegal works, making unauthorised horizontal extension to the existing ground-plus-one floor in his bungalow.
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Daundkar also mentioned that his bungalow is right next to mangroves, falls within the 50-metre mangroves buffer zone which is a no-development zone under the coastal regulation zone and so no construction of any kind can be taken up there.
He said that the comedian had violated the CRZ norms on three counts — construction without approval from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority; effected illegal change of use by converting a residential premises into a commercial office; and illegal construction within the 50-metre mangroves buffer zone.
Lawyer Singh said these were recognizable offenses under the Environment Protection Act, punishable with imprisonment of up to five years.
Magistrate Panchbhai directed the police officials to immediately take cognisance and register an FIR — done later on Wednesday at Versova police station, investigate the matter thoroughly and file a final report in the matter.
Kapil Sharma moved to a political storm on September 9, after he tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about alleged corruption in the BMC.
Kapil asked in a tweet to Modi saying, “I am paying Rs 15 crore income tax for the last five years. Still, I have to pay Rs 5 lakh bribe to BMC office (every year) for making my office. Is this your ‘Achhe Din’?”
The Mumbai police later lodged two FIRs against the comedian for various charges pertaining to his Versova bungalow and Goregaon flat.