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BMC to ask Khar police to file complaint against Rishi Kapoor for chopping tree

The civic body had earlier asked the Bandra police to intervene, but has now realised the actor’s bungalow does not fall under their jurisdiction

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2017 13:15 IST
Hindustan Times
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Pictures shared by BMC officials revealed that the tree had been reduced to its trunk.(HT File Photo)

After issuing a show-cause notice to Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor for chopping the branches of a banyan tree in his bungalow, the H west ward office of the civic body plans to ask the Khar police to register a complaint over the actor’s violations.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will ask the police to investigate and register an FIR against Kapoor for violating permissions under Maharashtra (Urban areas) Protection and Preservation of Trees Act and section 155 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Civic officials said they permitted Kapoor to trim the branches of a banyan tree in his Krishna Raj bungalow plot on April 13. Officials said the branches could have obstructed construction work that was being carried out. However, pictures shared by BMC officials revealed that the tree had been reduced to its trunk.

The chopped tree in Kapoor’s Krishna Raj bungalow. (HT Photo)

The BMC then asked the actor why action should not be taken against him for violating the permissions. Civic officials took said locals had complained to the corporation, following which an inspection was conducted.

The notice stated that excess branches were cut, damaging the tree. Kapoor was given 24 hours to reply, failing which action would be taken against him.

“We filed the complaint on Wednesday, but sent it to the Bandra police instead of the Khar police. As the actor’s bungalow doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the Bandra police station, we will now ask the Khar police to investigate. We will ask them to send us a copy of the FIR,” said a senior civic official.

Kapoor refused to comment on the issue.

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 12:54 IST