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RJ Malishka to Kapil Sharma: Celebrities who faced BMC’s ire

The BMC has targetted NGO Praja, Kapil Sharma and RJ Malishka for taking a dig at them

mumbai Updated: Jul 20, 2017 13:43 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times
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RJ Malishka’s video “Mumbai, tula BMC var bharavsa nahi ka?” (Mumbai, don’t you trust the BMC?) went viral last week.(File)

While the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is facing flak from the opposition for sending a notice to RJ Malishka’s house for criticising the civic body, this is not the first time celebrities and organisations have faced BMC’s ire.

The Malishka episode

RJ Malishka’s video “Mumbai, tula BMC var bharavsa nahi ka?” (Mumbai, don’t you trust the BMC?) went viral last week inviting the ruling party’s ire. By Tuesday, Malishka found herself facing Sena’s demand of a defamation suit and a notice slapped on her residence in Bandra for mosquito-breeding.

Talking about Malishka’s case, BJP group leader in BMC, Manoj Kotak called BMC’s action “stupid and childish”. The BMC said that the notice was sent as a part of its routine survey and officials said that they did not know that the flat was owned by Malishka’s mother, Lily Mendonsa. Malishka has hit back at BMC, saying she has six more songs ready.

The Kapil Sharma show

In September 2016, Twitter woke up to allegations made by comedy star Kapil Sharma that he had to bribe a BMC official for getting clearances. By evening, Sharma was at the receiving end for unauthorized extensions to his ground plus two storey office in Andheri West. The same day, illegal alterations to his Goregaon flat also came into light and Sharma’s allegations had just drowned.

Read more: Make up your mind on action against Kapil Sharma, HC tells BMC

The Praja report

An NGO, the Praja foundation has been releasing reports on health, corporator performances etc every year. Last week, BMC issued a notice to NGO Praja Foundation for misrepresenting facts in their data on malnutrition in BMC schools. Calling NGO Praja’s report a farce to malign the public body, the deputy commissioner has demanded a public apology or threatened the NGO with legal action.

Read more: BMC issues notice to Mumbai NGO for ‘misrepresenting facts’ on malnutrition in civic schools

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First Published: Jul 20, 2017 09:35 IST