BMC bribery row: Kapil Sharma to be questioned by cops soon

New Delhi: Popular stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who has been booked for alleged unauthorised construction at his flat in suburban Goregaon, is likely to be questioned by the police soon.

“(An) FIR was lodged last evening. Six cases have been registered against him (Kapil Sharma), Irrfan Khan and four others. Our documentation is going on and we will issue him a notice in a day or two, after doing ‘panchnama’ (preliminary investigation),” said a senior official, who is privy to the probe.

“As per Supreme Court order, it is essential to call him (Kapil) for investigation after sending a primary notice. He cannot be arrested directly,” said the official. “Based on the evidences we gather after investigation, we will call him (Kapil) to investigate the matter,” he added.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sub-engineer Abhay Jagtap had lodged a complaint at Oshiwara police station in this regard. In the complaint, Jagtap had alleged that Sharma, who owns a flat in DLH Enclave on New Link Road in Goregaon, had violated norms and carried out illegal construction in the flat, police had said. Following the complaint, Sharma was booked under section 53(7) of Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP) 1966. Sharma had kicked up a controversy last week by alleging that he had been asked to pay a bribe of Rs 5 lakh by an official of BMC which, in turn, claimed the actor had flouted norms in his Versova office building and his apartment in suburban Goregaon.