The six-member executive committee of Happy Jeevan Society, Vasai (West) held a meeting on Sunday morning and agreed to clear the sale of a flat in the society to a Muslim family. However, the committee did not specify when they would issue the no-objection certificate to Jignesh Patel, 55, who had agreed to sell his flat to Vikar Ahmed Khan, 32, for Rs 48 lakh.
On Saturday, the police had registered a case against 11 members of the society for disrupting communal harmony by refusing to allow Khan to buy a flat there. The 11 people, including Jeetendra Jain, secretary of the society, were booked under sections 298 (uttering words to hurt religious sentiments) and 295A (deliberate acts intended to hurt religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Manickpur police also called in nine of the 11 – two were out of town – for questioning on Sunday evening.
“After the meeting, I gave a written application for the NoC to Jain. I hope the society will now issue the NoC. The flat is jointly owned by my mother Kantaben and uncle Kantibhai, who lives in Gujarat,” said Jignesh.
Khan said he is awaiting the NoC. “I wanted to buy a bigger flat as I live with my wife and three children. The society should not have created such a fuss about issuing it. Because of this, the bank is also delaying my house loan,” he said.
On September 4, the accused had signed a resolution objecting to the decision of Patel to sell his flat to Khan, a glass merchant. Khan had paid Patel Rs1 lakh in advance but the sale did not go through because the society refused to issue a no-objection certificate (NoC). Patel and Jignesh approached the sub-registrar of societies, Vasai, for justice.
“We also have seized the September 4 resolution that was signed by the 11 members,” said Patil. The secretary had written to Kantaben Patel, Jignesh’s mother, asking her to sell the flat to anyone but a Muslim “in the interest of the members of the society”.
Though two Muslim families already live in the 36-year-old society, they were not in town when the resolution was adopted, Patil said. Jain had defended the denial of the NoC, saying they did not want another Muslim family living there.