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Hashmi alleges he was denied a house as he's Muslim

Jul 31, 2009 11:21 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Bollywood actor Emran Hashmi has made some serious allegations against an upscale housing society in Mumbai.

Hashmi alleges he was refused a house in Nibbana Cooperative Society allegedly because he is a Muslim.

Hashmi wanted to buy an apartment in the Pali Hill society but was allegedly told to go and look elsewhere.

He has filed a complaint with the State Minorities' Commission, demanding action against the society members.

Hashmi says the society has mostly Hindus and a couple of Catholic families.

He said he faced a similar situation earlier as well when he was looking for a house in the same area.

Residents and brokers had allegedly told him even then that he wouldn't get a house because he was a Muslim. Maharashtra Minorities Commission vice-chairman Abraham Mathai said the commission is sending a notice to the housing society.

“Emraan Hashmi has complained that the building society is refusing to give him NOC to complete the transaction of the deal to buy the flat. He has given Rs 1 lakh as token money. Building society refuses to give NOC because he is a Muslim. He has made a written complaint. We are sending a notice to the society chairman. We will ask them to explain their stand. No such complaint filed ever,” he says.