Sachin pays lakhs in penalty for his new home

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Mumbai: After facing the ire of the authorities, Sachin Tendulkar paid the Rs 4.35 lakh penalty to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and procured the Occupation Certificate (OC) for his tastefully constructed house in the upscale Perry Cross Road at Bandra.

Tendulkar had incurred the penalty as he moved into his house without obtaining the mandatory Occupation Certificate. Chief Engineer (Development Plan) R Kukanur, said, "He will be penalised Rs 4.75 lakh for inhabiting a house before getting the OC.”

As per the law, one cannot enter a flat or building without receiving an OC for it. A senior official from the building proposals department said action could be initiated against Sachin by slapping a notice under Section 350 (A) of the BMC Act for occupying premises without an OC.

The state government had asked BMC Commissioner Subodh Kumar to waive the penalty but Sachin duly obliged and paid the penalty today, Thursday.

B Haridas, deputy chief engineer of the building proposal department, confirmed: “We have received all the required no-objection certificates from Tendulkar, who also paid the fine. So, the OC has issued to his new bungalow.”

A source told a leading daily, “Tendulkar did not want any concession from the BMC as it would have sent the wrong message. He was not aware that an OC is mandatory before moving in the new house though it is fit for habitation. As a law-abiding citizen, he wanted to pay the fine to correct his mistake and send a message that he is not above the law.”

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