Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma has moved the Bombay high court challenging the BMC’s order to demolish “illegal portions” of his Versova office.
Sharma recently kicked up a row when he tweeted that Brihanmumbai Municipal Commission officers sought a bribe of Rs 5 lakh for the construction of his premises in Versova. Sharma, who has 63 lakh followers on Twitter, had tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his post generated reactions from all major political parties, with an eye on the forthcoming civic elections.
The matter in the HC will be heard by a bench of justice Ranjit More and justice Anuja Prabhudesai after 3pm.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised strict action after Sharma complained to Modi on Twitter.
In July, BMC’s K/West ward office (including Andheri) issued a stop-work notice to Sharma for illegal extensions to his ground plus two bungalows in Andheri West.
He was asked to stop work and pull down the illegal extensions within 24 hours. On August 4, BMC also demolished parts of the extensions.
While the structure is still a ground plus two, officials said they will initiate action. But sources said Sharma would have been asked for a bribe to regularise the extension.
Officials alleged Sharma had carried out illegal internal changes without BMC’s permissions in May.
Sharma hosts the popular television comedy talk show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’. He is also planning to start a film division soon, according to reports.
He was the winner of ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ in 2007 and later hosted the popular ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’.