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Activist files criminal petition against Kapil Sharma

More trouble for the comedian as social activist files a petition against him with a Mumbai magistrate court.

Mayur Lookhar

It's not funny at all. That's the message sent loud and clear to TV comedian Kapil Sharma as he battles the state over alleged illegal extension to his Versova Bungalow by destroying the mangroves. Sharma's controversial tweet mocking corrupt civic officials has boomeranged badly with the state deciding to take him to task for illegal extension to his bungalow.

There's more trouble in store for Sharma after social activist, Santosh Daundkar filed a criminal petition against the comedian at the Andheri magistrate court. In his complaint, Daundkar has not only accused Sharma of not only destroying the mangroves, but also accused of withdrawing information about the civic official who allegedly demanded a Rs5 lakh bribe from him.

Sharma, who hosts the popular TV show, The Kapil Sharma Show, has been battered by several political parties for his alleged illegal activities. Sharma had kicked up a hornet's nest when he tweeted about civic officials asking him for a bribe to get clearances for his office construction. 

At first, Sharma was lauded by his fans and even state Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised to look into the matter. However, things soon turned for the worst when forest department officials conducted an examination of the area around Sharma’s Versova bungalow, and in their report, they accused Sharma of destroying the mangroves to build his bungalow.

Already bombarded with a host of charges, social activist Daundkar’s petition sees Sharma being charged under Section 187 of the Indian Penal Code, which pertains to failure in assisting a public servant. 

Other charges include Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986, raising allegations of destruction of mangroves, as well as Section 52 of the Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act for changing land use.