The Oshiwara police have formed a special team at the police station level to investigate the six FIRs registered by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for alleged illegal alterations made by actors Kapil Sharma, Irrfan Khan and four other residents of Dev Land Housing (DLH) Enclave in Oshiwara, including the developer of the tower.
Senior police inspector Subhash Khanvilkar of Oshiwara police station refused to comment on the issue, saying they were busy with making arrangements for a Ganpati bandobast.
However, another police official from the police station requesting anonymity confirmed that a special team has been formed to look into the six FIRs which have the same charges under the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act.
“Each FIR is being investigated by an inspector, which is usually done in cases of a serious nature. The inspectors will be assisted by subordinate officers and constables,” the official added.
The official said no panchnama has been conducted. He added that they could not serve notices to the accused as BMC officials and the police are busy preparing for the Ganeshotsav bandobast.
The FIR has been lodged by Abhay Dinkar Jagtap, 39, a sub-engineer with BMC P /South ward under section 53(7) of the MRTP Act. Sharma has not visited his Oshiwara residence in the past three days, said an official from Oshiwara police station.
The notices need to be served so the accused can record their statements in response to the allegations levelled by the BMC. Oshiwara police officials said there is no rush to arrest the accused as the act under which they have been booked falls under ‘minor acts’. According to the apex court guidelines, there need not be a rush to arrest them.
The Oshiwara police has deployed a heavy bandobast around the society to ensure that there are no untoward incidents such as a protest by political parties. The bandobast will also ensure that the accused do not try to destroy evidence or continue with the alterations.
The police will use original documents to find out the extent of the alterations made by Sharma, Khan and others to their apartments.
“All the accused in the six FIRs have allegedly made interior changes to their apartments, which is against the BMC plan. We will now conduct a detailed investigation and then appropriate action,” said Khanvilkar.