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No flat for Hashmi, he is a Muslim

Actor Emraan Hashmi today accused a housing society in posh Bandra of "religious discrimination" saying that it denied him the NOC to purchase a flat in the building because he is a Muslim.

entertainment Updated: Jul 31, 2009 15:07 IST

Actor Emraan Hashmi today accused a housing society in posh Bandra of "religious discrimination" saying that it denied him the NOC to purchase a flat in the building because he is a Muslim. "This is clearly a case of religious discrimination. Some people told me that this society is biased towards Muslims. They did not tell me directly but it is obvious," the actor alleged.

EmraanHashmi said he wanted to buy a house in the posh Pali Hill but the housing society refused to give him the No Objection Certificate because of his religion. "The Nibbana cooperative housing society at Pali Hill did not provide NOC to purchase the flat," Hashmi, who was flanked by mentor Mahesh Bhatt, told reporters here. The actor said he has approached the State Minorities Commission, seeking its intervention on the issue.

Hashmi has filed a complaint alleging that the society had refused to give him a no-objection certificate even after he had paid the token amount of one lakh. He also accused the society of not entertaining his parents despite the fact that they had sought appointment to meet the office-bearers.

"My parents went to meet the society members last week along with the seller and the broker. The members refused to meet them saying they were busy. I really found it offensive," he said.