The FIR against Kapil Sharma pertaining to his 9th floor flat in the Goregaon high-rise DLH Enclave seems to be the immediate serious fallout of his Friday tweet alleging bribery against an unnamed BMC official. Besides the comedian, the FIR names actor Irrfan Khan and three more individual owners of flats in the building (Gurdeep Narang, Sara Maine and Shri Verma).
The FIR, registered by P-South ward sub engineer Abhay Jagtap, books the named flat owners and the builder under section 53 (7) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP), 1966. This section deals with prosecuting flat owners for not complying with notices against unauthorized constructions. Conviction under the section invites a jail term varying from one month to three years, and a fine of Rs 2,000-5,000.
The BMC has found major violations in 15 flats in the Goregaon high-rise. It has found that unauthorized work was carried out on the 9th floor of the building, where Sharma has a flat. It has listed unauthorized merger of elevation features, ducts, voids, common passage and part podium for parking. Actor Irrfan Khan, of Piku fame, owns a flat on the fifth floor of the building. The alterations were carried out contrary to the full occupation certificate issued by the P-South ward office in November 2013.
On July 12, the Oshiwara police sought documents from the BMC to file an FIR. These were furnished on August 24. According to a report by the ward office to municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on September 9, the FIR was to be filed after the Ganesh festival.