Kapil Sharma 'destroying mangrove' case: Fresh FIR can lead to 5-year jail term

Comedian and actor Kapil Sharma has invited new trouble for himself. A fresh FIR has been filed against him in the 'destroying mangrove' case.

There seems to be no end to troubles for comedian-actor Kapil Sharma as the Mumbai Police registered another FIR against him over an illegal construction in a mangrove zone. The FIR was filed on Wednesday by an activist named S Daundkar under the Environment Protect Act, Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act as well as the Indian Penal Code.

According to Daundkar, Sharma owned a bungalow in Oshiwara area of Mumbai, wherein the construction of an illegal floor took place. He added that the plush bungalow is situated right to mangroves, and lies in the 50-metre mangrove zone which prohibits any kind of construction.

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Daundkar added that the actor violated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms for carrying out construction without permission from the Maharastra Coastal Zone Management Authority, unauthorised change of use by converting a residential premise into a commercial office and illegal construction within the mangrove zone.

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Kapil Sharma with Anushka Sharma (Courtesy: Twitter/ KapilSharmaK9)

The petitioner’s lawyer Abha Singh said that the offences could attract an imprisonment of up to five years, IANS reported.

On October 27, the Maharashtra government had transferred the official probing the case related to the destruction of mangroves outside Sharma’s bungalow. The shunting out of the official came exactly a month after The Kapil Sharma Show host was booked for the first time for the alleged offence.

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On September 9, Sharma in a tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi had complained of being demanded a Rs5 lakh bribe from a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official for the construction of an office in the city.

He even questioned the PM about the ‘acche din’ rhetoric.

After his tweeted sparked a controversy, the actor clarified that his tweet was not meant to target any political party and he was venting his frustration against corruption.