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Housing Society hits back at Emraan Hashmi

Written by: By: Raymond Ronamai
Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:05 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]The controversy involving Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi and Nibbana Cooperative Housing Society on Pali Hill has taken a new twist. The Housing Society has now hit back at the actor for his communal approach to the controversy.

Reacting to the allegation made by Emraan that he has been denied a flat just because he is a Muslim, the managing committee of the housing society said that there is no minority or majority but only Indians. They refuted at his allegation that his parents were refused entry at the meeting of the society. They said that the seller and three others barged into the office without prior appointment when the meeting in progress and demanded to know the status of the No Objection Certificate.

The committee told them that they would consider only after receiving a written request. M D Suvarna, from whom Hashmi wanted to buy the flat, clarified that he has not handed the application to the society. However, the actor's broker Jagjit Arora alleged that Suvarna had asked him to tell Hashmi that the society had refused to give him an NOC.

Adding more salt to the wounds, M D Suvarna said that he has decided not to sell the flat, as his son, who might return to Mumbai from Canada, has asked him not to sell it. He added that he had communicated his plans to the Hashmis.

Emraan Hashmi had earlier alleged that he was denied accommodation by the Nibbana Cooperative Housing Society in Pali Hill because he is a Muslim. He filed a complaint with the State Minorities Commission alleging that the committee members of Nibbana refused to issue No Objection Certificate in spite of paying a token of Rs.1 lakh.

However, his public outburst has backfired. Sanjay Bedia, a BJP worker, has filed a police complaint against Emraan Hashmi and director Mahesh Bhatt for trying to divide people on religious lines. Bedia has demanded that the police file an FIR against the film personalities.

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