Minister of State for Home (Urban) Naseem Khan on Friday said a criminal case could be filed against the management of Nibbana housing society for not giving actor Emraan Hashmi a no-objection certificate which he needed to legally occupy the house he was buying.
He said the police were contemplating action under Sections 153 (a) and 295 (a) that provide for jail terms ranging from three to five years.
Khan asked Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria to look into the complaint filed by Hashmi and suggested a parallel probe by the Cooperation Department that governs housing societies. “I will request the minister concerned to initiate action against the society,” said Khan.
Cooperation Minister Harshvardhan Patil was unavailable for comment.
The State Minorities Commission sent a notice to the society, asking why Hashmi was refused the certificate. “If we are not satisfied with the explanation, we will ask them (the office-bearers) to appear before us,” said Abraham Mathai, vice-president of the commission. “If we are convinced that it discrimination, we will ask the government to initiate action.”