Soon after the secretary of Happy Jivan Society, Jeetendra Jain, was out on bail on Monday, he issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) to house owner Kantaben Patel, 55.
Trouble started when Kantaben decided to sell their flat in the housing society in Vasai to a Muslim man. The housing society members objected to it, saying they did not want a non-vegetarian family to live there.
Nine members of the housing society, including Jain, were arrested on Monday and released on bail.
While giving the NOC to Kantaben, Jain apologised for the “unintentional” delay. He did not even ask her to pay Rs56,000 pending dues to the society.
“Jain handed me the NOC on Monday night after he was released on bail. He did not even mention the Rs56,000 maintenance due,” said Kantaben. “But I will pay the amount as per rules.”
Kantaben and her son Jignesh, 32, had approached the sub-registrar of Societies, Vasai, for justice.
“The homebuyer, Vikar Ahmed Khan, a glass trader from Vasai, is happy. I have already got Rs 1 lakh token amount from him,” she said, adding that Khan would pay Rs5 lakh in the second instalment.
On September 4, 11 members of the society had signed a resolution raising objections to the sale of the flat to a Muslim.
“We have seized the September 4 resolution signed by 11 members to probe into the matter,” said police inspector Anil Patil.
The secretary had written to Patel asking her not to sell the flat to a Muslim “in the interest of the members of the society”.
The housing society has 16 flats. “Though there are two Muslim families living in the housing society, they were away when the resolution was signed,” said PI Patil.
Jain had refused to give an NOC, saying they do not want another Muslim family in the society.
“Khan had taken loans from banks to buy the flat. But, the housing society secretary was delaying the process,” said Jignesh.
After the incident hit the headlines, members of the society made a turnaround.
After the nine members were released, Jain agreed to issue the NOC so that the flat could be sold to Khan.