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Kapil Sharma bribe complaint: BMC says charges very serious, will investigate

It would be an understatement to say that corruption and red-tapism is deep-rooted in India's bureaucracy and even in that Municipal corporations take the cake. A common man is so used to the sluggish

India TV Entertainment Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: September 09, 2016 13:13 IST ]
Kapil Sharma
Kapil Sharma

Under fire after Kapil Sharma's complaint of bribe to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today assured prompt action against the concerned  official if he is found guilty.

Addressing a press conference after the controversy, BMC, chief engineer, Vigilance Manohar Pawar said, " Kapil ji's allegation is very serious, we have asked him to give name of person who asked for bribe."

"We will strongly act against the concerned officials if they are found guilty" Pawar added.

The stand-up comedian today alleged that he has been asked to pay a bribe of Rs 5 lakh for clearing the file of his new office.

" I am paying 15 cr income tax from last 5 year n still i have to pay 5 lacs bribe to BMC office for making my office @narendramodi," Sharma said in a tweet.

Sharma's frustration over the unscrupulous demand of BMC officials could be gauzed by the fact that he tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked,"(Yeh hain aapke achhe din ?) (Are these the good days you have promised?)"

Meanwhile, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has sought details of the officer who demanded bribe from Sharma and promised him strictest action.

BMC has also requested Sharma to make a formal complaint and tell them the name of the officer who demanded bribe from him.

"BMC will take strict action if allegations are true, We will not tolerate this kind of corruption in our departments," Chief Engineer, Vigilance  M.Pawar told ANI.

Known as the richest municipal corporation of the country, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is also looked on as being slothful, inept and corrupt. Be it monsoons woes, hospital strikes, healthcare, pothole-ridden roads, nullah-cleaning or garbage disposal, BMC’s role has been mired in its long-standing reputation of being lackadaisical and corrupt.

Sharma's tweet may cause embarrassment to  BJP -Shiv Sena alliance which is in brute majority in the corporation and gearing up for upcoming polls. 

Last year, a Delhi court made a scathing observation in disproprtionate asset case of a Municipal official and stated that Municipal corporations are breeding ground of corruption.

"It is common knowledge that even small officials of municipal corporations have amassed wealth running into millions with impunity, "the court added.

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