MUMBAI: BMC issued a show-cause notice to actor Rishi Kapoor and filed a complaint against him and a contractor with Khar police station on Wednesday for cutting a tree after taking permission to trim it.
The actor had a bungalow at Pali Hill, which he demolished to construct a building. He procured permission for its construction and hired a contractor for the work, and he presently lives in Bandra.
In its complaint, BMC alleged that “they (actor and contractor) had trimmed the tree more than the permitted level and removed all its branches. It is serious incident which requires a detailed inquiry, so police should register a case against the actor and contractor under the Maharashtra Protection and Preservation of Trees Act”.
Kapoor stated the contractor was hired to look after work at the site. He said he was unaware about the development and stated that he took permission for trimming the tree so that it cannot obstruct movement of heavy machines during pilling work. The tree stands in a corner of his property.
Kapoor said, “I am not supposed to be at the site all the time and am unaware about it. The contractor may have done it unintentionally, how come I am responsible for it? I am just being victimised unnecessarily time and again by some vested interests. I am seeking legal recourse to put an end to this harassment.”
Assistance municipal commissioner (H-West ward) Sharad Ughade said, “We have issued a show-cause notice and informed police. We requested police to investigate the matter and take action under provisions of the Trees Act.”
Activist Zoru Bhathena said the tree will not die but will take years for it to grow back to its earlier condition. He said, “BMC itself does similar trimming, why blame the actor?”