BMC graft charge: Kapil Sharma kicks up row

Sharma tweeted that a BMC official had demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to let him build his office as an extension of his bungalow in Andheri.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 10, 2016 1:36 am
Sharma tweeted that a BMC official had demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to let him build his office as an extension of his bungalow in Andheri.

Stand-up comedian and television personality Kapil Sharma kicked up a storm Friday as he took to social media, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to raise allegations of corruption against the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), even as the civic body claimed the actor had been served a notice for “illegal construction” at the single-storey bungalow he owns in suburban Mumbai.

Sharma tweeted that a BMC official had demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh to let him build his office as an extension of his bungalow in Andheri. “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,” he posted. Tagging Modi again, Sharma posted another tweet, asking if this was the “achhe din” the PM had promised.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted that action would be taken against the “culprit” and asked him to give details.

A letter from Chief Engineer (Vigilance) Manohar Pawar asked him to disclose the name of the official who had allegedly demanded the bribe and promised a thorough investigation.

While Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray requested Sharma to help BMC in the “drive against corruption”, Opposition parties cashed in on the opportunity to pin the civic body on the issue of corruption.