The Bombay High Court on Monday, restrained Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) from carrying out any demolition until November 23, of the alleged illegal alterations, carried out by comedian Kapil Sharma, at his residence in a multi-storied building, at Goregaon.

A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai allowed the interim relief sought by Sharma who had moved the court challenging the notice issued to him by the civic body in April, alleging that illegal alterations were carried out by him at his 9th floor residence in DLH Enclave. The court also allowed the civic body to file their reply to the petition, justifying their action of issuing him the demolition notice.

The plea filed through his advocate Pradeep Thorat claims that the civic body notice is issued at behest of some interested persons with political motives with a view to gain political mileage. The plea also states that the notice issued is malafide and illegal. It highlights the fact that in 2014, the corporation had issued a notice to him under section 351 of the MRTP Act, which has been challenged in the Dindoshi Civil court and time to time, stay has been granted.

Thus instead of challenging the order of the civil court, the BMC has gone ahead and issued the fresh notice, which should be quashed and set aside as it is illegal. Sharma has by tweeting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised a storm, by alleging that civic officials were seeking bribe from him to regularize the construction at his Versova office. Following which the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadanvis had assured him of strict action against the officers concerned.

However, the storm had died down and Sharma was entangled in various prosecutions lodged by the civic corporation against him alleging of Mangrove destruction to illegal alteration at his residence.