A day after actor and comedian Kapil Sharma sent an angry tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allege that he’d been asked for a bribe in a Mumbai government office, he said in a statement on Saturday that he had utmost respect for the PM. He also explained that he’d only tweeted to voice his concerns about corruption.
“I had expressed my concerns. It took the shape of an unnecessary controversy. I’m not a part of any political party, and nor do I intend to be.” he added.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wasted no time in tweeting Sharma to offer help. He wrote that he’d ordered the Mumbai Corporation and the BMC to take the “strictest” action, and that the culprit wouldn’t be spared. Other politicians also took to Twitter to sympathize with Sharma or echo his concerns. BMC chief engineer-vigilance, Manohar Pawar has said the actor would need to provide them with additional details on the matter. “He must have made these allegations with some base hence we need him to provide us with all the evidence he might have and the name of the official . Depending on the same action would be initiated,” said Pawar.
However, by Saturday evening, Sharma’s tweets appeared to have backfired. A BMC official – who wished to remain anonymous – said today that it had served Sharma a notice after receiving complaints that illegal construction was going on in Sharma’s apartment in Goregaon. This revelation came a day after it was brought to light that the BMC had demolished illegal extensions of his Andheri property on August 4, after waiting for him respond to the notice since July 16.
MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray on Friday accused comedian Kapil Sharma of adding illegal storeys to his Andheri bungalow and destroying mangroves.”CM Devendra Fadnavis should not support Sharma… We will soon furnish evidence of how he has been breaking municipal rules to his benefit. Sharma is a liar,” she added. A local activist also came out with charges that Sharma had harmed mangroves.