Kapil Sharma under fire for ‘destruction of mangroves’

Sharma drew flak after the civic body’s records indicated that K West ward office had demolished “illegal” extensions atop and adjacent to his bungalow in Versova.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Updated: September 11, 2016 9:20 am
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A day after comedian Kapil Sharma’s allegations of corruption against BMC officials stirred up a storm on Twitter, activists and political leaders Saturday filed complaints against him with various agencies for alleged destruction of mangroves due to illegal construction near his bungalow.

Sharma drew flak after the civic body’s records indicated that K West ward office had demolished “illegal” extensions atop and adjacent to his bungalow in Versova. Officials claimed these extensions had destroyed a portion of mangroves that abut the bungalow.

Several activists demanded that action be taken against Sharma for destruction of mangroves and for unauthorized construction on Coastal Regulatory Zones.

Godfrey Pimenta of Watchdog Foundation wrote to Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority, the Mangrove cell, among other agencies, demanding that Sharma be arrested. “The Revenue and Forest Department has imposed a prohibition on felling and destruction of mangroves in the state. Destruction of mangroves is a serious offence and he should have been arrested for it,” he said.

MNS too hit back after Sharma alleged in a TV interview that an MNS member had asked him for a bribe. Party leader Shalini Thackeray told The Indian Express that no action is being taken against Sharma for alleged destruction of mangroves because CM Devendra Fadnavis tweeted in his favour. “He does something illegal and then makes baseless allegations to gain publicity. Action should be taken against him. We will deal with the matter in our own way.”

Meanwhile, Sharma issued a statement that he had only expressed his anger against corruption. “I am not a part of any political organisation, nor do I intend to be,” he said.