Manohar Pawar, chief engineer of vigilance department in BMC, said, “I have requested Kapil Sharma to reveal the name of the officer who demanded bribe so that we can initiate inquiry and appropriate action against him or her.”
“Let me assure you that if you desire to keep any disclosure made by you in this matter confidential, the same shall also be ensured,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Ram Kadam filed a complaint with the cyber cell of Mumbai police alleging that Kapil, by keeping mum on the “bribe” demand, did not “discharge his duty as a citizen”, and demanded a free and fair inquiry into the entire issue.
Confirming the complaint, Mumbai police spokesperson Ashok Dudhe said, “Yes, we have received an application and since the allegations are related to the anti-corruption department, the application is going to be forwarded to anti-corruption department for further inquiry.
The Congress, meanwhile, said Chief Minister Fadnavis, who took immediate cognisance of the comedian’s complaint should lend ears to common man as well.
“It is surprising to see how the government machinery gave a quick response to Kapil Sharma. Just like him, common Mumbaikars raise issues of corruption every day against the BMC but nobody listens to them. It has come to a situation where every Mumbaikar has to now say ‘Hum bhi hai Kapil Sharma’ for the CM and BMC to listen to them,” Congress MLA Nitesh Rane said.
The NCP too sought to milk the issue by alleging corruption in the civic body since years and said Sharma too should demolish the alleged illegal structure if he is a law abiding citizen.
“Undoubtedly there is corruption in BMC ruled by the BJP and the Shiv Sena since decades. Also, Kapil Sharma was issued a notice by the civic body over illegal construction. If he is a law abiding citizen, he should immediately demolish it,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
“If he (Sharma) is using the corruption angle to save his illegal structure, the Municipal Commissioner should come forward and raze it,” he said.