In a U-turn, actor Emraan Hashmi, who had alleged
that he was denied a flat by a housing society because he was
Muslim, claimed there was no discrimination against him and the
controversy arose because of a "miscommunication".
dispute between me and the members of Nibbana housing society has
been resolved. The society had not discriminated against me. There
had been a miscommunication," Hashmi, who had sparked a furore with
his allegation of religious profiling, told reporters after a
hearing on his complaint at the State Minorities Commission.
Hashmi's lawyer Majeed Memon said that a broker Jagjit Arora had
told the actor that the society had refused to sell the flat as
Hashmi was a Muslim.
secretary of the society today told Emraan that they had not
discriminated against the actor and that if anyone in the building
wants to sell their flat then Emraan can buy it," Memon said.
Secretary J P Chatri told the Commission that "they would not refuse
the actor on religious grounds as there are several other Muslims
residing in the building," the lawyer said.
owner of the flat D U Suvarna, who was also present during the
hearing, said he would be more than happy to sell the flat to the
actor who is like a "son" to him.
have not decided on what I will do with my flat. But if I decide to
sell the flat then my first choice would be Hashmi," Suvarna said.
July 31, the actor approached the Minorities Commission accusing the
housing society in posh Pali Hill of religious profiling by refusing
a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to him to purchase a flat in the
society houses film and television actors including well known
villain Prem Chopra.
issue has been blown out of proportion by the media. It was a
miscommunication and has been resolved after all the parties sat
across the table," Naseem Siddiqui, Chairman of the Minorities