Actor and entertainer Kapil Sharma’s tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have reverse discharges. The Versova police on Monday enlisted a body of evidence against Mr. Sharma for dumping debris and carrying out illegal developments in the mangroves behind his bungalow in Oshiwara. This was based on a grievance given by the tehsildar’s office under the Environment Act.
On September 9, Mr. Sharma had tweeted to Mr. Modi affirming that Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities were requesting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh from him to clear the development of his office in Versova.
“The actor purchased the bungalow no 71 in the MHADA Colony in November 2015. He dumped debris and carried out illegal constructions near the mangroves behind the bungalow. The complainant has also submitted a report of the Mangrove Cell,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Ashok Dudhe.The Mangrove Cell had initiated its investigations into the matter on September 12.
While Mr. Sharma’s tweet was at first met with eager reactions and affirmations of activity from high-positioning legislators, including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it was later uncovered that he had received notices from the BMC for unapproved changes to his home in the DLH Enclave on Oshiwara Link Road and at his Versova bungalow.
On September 12, the Oshiwara police had enlisted a case under the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act after sub-engineer Abhay Jagtap with the BMC gave a complaint against him and actor Irrfan Khan, who likewise has a house in the DLH Enclave.
Both the actor are liable to be summoned by the police for inquiries this week, and the police will present a report to their seniours, and to the BMC, tehsildar office, and the Mangrove Cell.
N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forests, Mangrove Cell, said, “We have conducted our investigations and have found clear evidence of the mangroves being destroyed, which we have mentioned in our report. Since the land belongs to the MHADA, it is the Collector’s purview to take action in the matter.”