Actor Emraan Hashmi has alleged that a housing society in Mumbais Pali Hill refused to sell him an apartment,and said this was probably because he is a Muslim.
The State Minorities Commission has sought an explanation from the society,while Minister of State for Home (Urban) Nasim Khan has asked Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria to probe the matter.
Hashmi had complained to the Minorities Commission demanding action against the societys officials,commission vice-chairman Abraham Mathai said.
Hashmi said the society refused him a no-objection certificate even after he had paid a token amount of Rs 1 lakh. My parents went to meet society members last week with the seller and the broker. The society members told them that they were busy and refused to meet them. I found it really offending. The seller has now informed us that the society will not give us an NOC and it has blocked the sale. I have been very hurt by this and will make sure that I get justice, Hashmi said.
The housing societys secretary says that he received a letter last week from the Hashmis but no decision was taken as the chairman of the committee wasnt present at the time.
Nasim Khan said Hashmi had complained and he had asked Maria to probe the charges. More people should come forward if they have such complaints, said Khan. He said action would be taken in the Hashmi case for discrimination on grounds of religion and caste.
He added that it was shocking that such an incident had happened in a cosmopolitan area like Bandra.