An MNS corporator has complained to police that a construction firm allegedly refused to sell him an apartment in a western suburb because of his food preferences.
However, the construction company has denied the charges.
Santosh Dhuri, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) corporator from Dadar area, on Friday gave a complaint to Dadar police, seeking an FIR against the Shreedham Group.
In the complaint, Mr. Dhuri said he had enquired with the city-based Shreedham Group to book a flat in its project – Shreedham Classic – in Goregaon (west).
“The project of the builder offers two and three BHK flats in Goregaon West. However, when I contacted the firm on phone to book a flat, the woman sales executive first asked me if I was a vegetarian,” he said.
“When I told her that I am vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian, she told me that the flats were exclusively being sold to vegetarians, because a Jain temple is also being constructed in the complex,” he said.
“I felt very awkward and my religious sentiments were hurt. Then I filed a complaint with the senior inspector of Dadar police along with a CD attached to the complaint which has recording of the conversation with the customer executive,” Mr. Dhuri said.
He expressed hope that police will take appropriate action over his complaint.
Meanwhile, a Dadar police official said they were going into the merits of the complaint and action would be taken accordingly.
However, Shreedham Group denied the allegations and said some people were deliberately spreading false rumour that they were selling flats to only vegetarian people.
“Shreedham Group strongly condemns such allegations and clarifies that we have already sold the flats irrespective of caste, creed or community. We once again confirm that we always were and are open to sell the flats to all the communities and people from all castes and religions are welcome to buy flats from us,” the company said in a statement.