One of the most outspoken and upbeat actors of Bollywood Rishi Kapoor has got into a legal trouble once again. This time, an FIR has been registered against the Kapoor and Sons actors for allegedly chopping off more branches of trees hampering construction work at his bungalow than permitted by the civic authority. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had filed a complaint the veteran actor for cutting six branches that were coming in the way of construction work at his Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra, according to the police.
On April 13, the BMC officials issued a showcause notice to Kapoor, who lives with his family at the bungalow. According to the letter, the actor had sought permission to trim the tree in his bungalow premises and the BMC had allowed him to trim six branches. The civic body had also mentioned the permissible length of the trimmed branches.
The civic body also wrote to the Bandra police station on Wednesday, asking them to investigate the matter and file an FIR, along with photographic evidence. An official said, "Under Section 8 (21) of the Maharashtra Protection and Prevention of Trees Act, a person, if found guilty of trimming or cutting illegally or beyond permissible limit, then he or she should be penalised up to Rs 5,000 and imprisonment up to 1 year."
"Kapoor had obtained permission for cutting six branches but it was found that more were felled," said Ramchandra Jadhav, Senior Police Inspector of Khar Police Station. Now, a case has been registered against Rishi Kapoor under the Preservation of Trees Act, the official said, adding a probe was on.