Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis promised strict action on Friday after comedian-actor Kapil Sharma has complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter about alleged corruption in Mumbai’s civic body.
“I am paying 15 crores income tax from last 5 years and still I have to pay 5 lacs bribe to BMC office for making my office Narendra Modi,” Kapil tweeted. “Yeh hain aapke achhe din? @narendramodi,” he added.
I am paying 15 cr income tax from last 5 year n still i have to pay 5 lacs bribe to BMC office for making my office @narendramodi— KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) September 9, 2016
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asked Sharma to reveal the name of the official who demanded a bribe. “We request Mr Sharma to share the name of the official and enable BMC to take strict action,” chief of the BMC’s vigilance department, Manohar Pawar, said.
Yeh hain aapke achhe din ? @narendramodi— KAPIL (@KapilSharmaK9) September 9, 2016
In his response to Sharma’s tweet later, Fadnavis said: “Kapilbhai please provide all information. Have directed MC, BMC to take strictest action. We will not spare the culprit.”
But Sharma’s involvement in alleged illegal work soon became a controversial point.
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. Despite attempts, Sharma was unavailable for comment.
But he thanked Fadnavis and said that he would like to meet him personally to discuss the issue.
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’.
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