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Malishka may have to pay Rs10,000 for mosquito breeding at home

The RJ has hit back at the Mumbai civic body, saying she has six more songs ready

mumbai Updated: Jul 22, 2017 00:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Questions are being raised over the timing of the BMC’s action against the RJ. (HT File)

Even as citizens and political parties continue to support Malishka, the RJ might have to shell out Rs10,000 for a notice issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) against her for mosquito breeding at her Bandra home. The RJ continues to garner support as Mumbai-based NGOs are also planning to hold a protest march on Saturday wearing “Malishka masks” in Andheri.

Under section 381 B of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act (MMC), 1888, where mosquito breeding at a house has been detected by officials surveying it, the person becomes liable for prosecution with a penalty ranging between Rs2,000 to Rs 10,000, BMC officials said.

Between January and July, the BMC has collected more than Rs20 lakh in fines. It surveyed more than 62 lakh houses and served more than 8,000 notices for breeding. On Tuesday, RJ Malishka’s mother Lily Mendonsa was served a notice under section 381B at their 6th floor flat in Pali Naka. Opposition parties termed it as BMC’s revenge for Malishka’s video “Mumbai, tula BMC var bharosa nahi ka?” (Mumbai, don’t you trust BMC?) mocking the civic body, went viral on social media last week.

Since Tuesday, many citizens and political outfits have released videos in a similar manner supporting Malishka. The radio jockey also garnered support from BJP, opposition parties, citizen activists and organisations. Activists have also demanded that BMC must not take any punitive action against Malishka. Congress senior leader Digvijay Singh, on Friday, tweeted in support of the RJ who is currently in New York.

Singh tweeted, “Condemn municipal corporation for issuing notice to her for mosquito breeding. They couldn’t find a better reason to harass her. Ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, NGOs are also going to hold a protest march on Saturday in Andheri to point out the poor condition of roads in Mumbai. Godfrey Pimenta from the Watchdog Foundation said that citizens will be wearing “Malishka masks” as a mark of protest against BMC. The protest will be held by activists from the Watchdog Foundation, Save Our Land and the Bombay Catholic Sabha.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 10:39 IST