Kapil Sharma, famously known as the Comedy King has recently been subjected to an FIR. The comedian turned actor is in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. The person whose show brings laughter in the household of many people is stuck in the news time and again because of the illegal construction recently done in the apartment he is residing at Versova.
The comedian/actor has been booked under violation of 3 laws by the Mumbai Police. It is alleged that Kapil Sharma has been dumping debris near mangroves and also making illegal construction over the same which is prohibited by the law. The FIR is lodged against him for breaking the municipal rules. The FIR was lodged against the comedian under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986, Maharashtra Regional &Town Planning Act, 1966 and the Indian Penal Code.
Earlier this year on July 16, 2016 Kapil Sharma was served with a notice to stop the work from Briham Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The illegal construction was regarding making unauthorised horizontal extension to the existing ground plus one floor in his bungalow.
After that there was a tweet from the celebrated comedian in the month of September by alleging that he had been asked to pay a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh by an official of BMC. He also tagged the Prime Minister. stating that “I am paying Rs. 15 Cr. Income Tax from the last 5 years and still I have to pay Rs 5 Lakh bribe to BMC officer fir making my office”. This tweet stirred the political world as it was directed to Narendra Modi itself.
Coming to the illegal construction, the actor’s bungalow is right next to the mangroves and falls within 50 metres mangroves buffer zone which is a no development zone under the Costal Regulation Zone and therefore, no construction can be done in that area. The ace comedian violated the Costal Regulations Zone norms on three instances: first being that the construction took place without the approval of Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, secondly he illegally changed the use of the residential premises into a commercial office and thirdly the illegal construction was within 50 metres of the buffer zone. These acts are in violation of Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act 1966. It is believed that these are cognisable offences under the Environmental Protection Act, punishable with imprisonment up to 5 years.
The third act under which Kapil Sharma was alleged is that after he was demanded a Bribe he remained silent and did not report the public servant who asked for the money to the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau. The comedian has failed to fulfil his statutory duty. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has asked Kapil Sharma to name the BMC official and file an official complaint so that the justice can be served and the defaulter be punished.
The Magistrate has directed the police officials to investigate the matter and submit and final report regarding the same.