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Television actor and stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma was booked by the Mumbai Police Sunday for destroying mangroves behind his home in Versova. The tehsildar’s office in Andheri registered a complaint against Sharma at the Versova police station on Sunday. It also provided a copy of the inquiry conducted by the state mangrove cell.
The police said Sharma had purchased bungalow number 71 in MHADA Colony in Andheri West in November 2015. “The actor did an illegal new construction near the mangroves behind his bungalow and also dumped debris on the mangroves,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Dudhe.
Last week, the mangrove cell surveyed a 400-metre stretch of the mangroves behind the bungalows in Versova and found more than 50 bungalow owners had destroyed vegetation. Sharma had earlier tweeted that he was being asked for a bribe by a BMC official for granting permit to build his office. He tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet and said a BMC employee had sought Rs 5 lakh from him.
Sharma did not give the name of the BMC official but it emerged that the BMC had previously issued him a notice regarding an unauthorised construction in the property. The civic body had, subsequently, razed illegal portions of his office.