The Lonavala Municipal Council (LMC) has ordered that the shooting of the reality show, Bigg Boss 4, be suspended immediately, saying the channel had violated certain terms and conditions.
On Thursday, the LMC served notice on Colors, which has constructed an extravagant set in Lonavla for the show. The notice says the property was licensed for manufacturing purposes. It has objected to the land being used for shooting a television programme.
Similar notice has been served to the owner of the property, whose name could not be confirmed.
LMC invoked a provision in the Bombay Shops and Establishments Act, under which an entrepreneur has to get the civic body’s permission or no-objection certificate (NOC) for specific use. LMC says it was withdrawing the NOC given to the property owner/ Colors as they did not furnish documents to substantiate the change of purpose (of the use of the land).
However, a spokesperson for Colors said the shoot would continue.
“We will explore legal options to challenge the notice in court,” the spokesperson said.
Congress-ruled LMC’s stand has surprised those in political circles. Thursday’s notice has embarrassed the Congress further as it amounts to toeing the Sena line.
The Congress is already under attack for supporting the Shiv Sena’s demand for banning Rohinton Mistry’s book Such A Long Journey from the Mumbai University syllabus.
Congress leaders, including spokespersons, refused to comment on the issue officially. But, unofficially, all of them said that the matter had shamed the party. Congress leaders from Lonavla were unavailable for comment.
Some weeks ago, Shiv Sainiks tried unsuccessfully to stop the shoot at the Lonavla property, following which the Pune district administration asked Colors to produce documents pertaining to the participation of the two Pakistanis on the show.
The shoot continued under heavy police bandobast as all the papers were in order and the government was in no mood to concede to the Sena’s demands.