MUMBAI: Flat buyers and tenants in the city have long known to be discriminated against on the basis of their food preferences and non-vegetarians discreetly kept out of several housing societies, even areas. But a 27-year-old businessman was taken aback to learn he couldn’t buy a flat as he was a ‘Maharashtrian’. Vaibhav Rahate tried to book a flat in an upcoming high-rise at Malad West earlier this month and was reportedly told the apartments were not for sale to “Maharashtrians, Muslims and other non-vegetarian buyers”.

He immediately approached the Malad police who recorded his statement but failed to take any action for 25 days. On Friday, after Rahate along with city Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, demonstrated outside the police station, zonal DCP Vikram Deshmane instructed the Malad cops to conduct an inquiry and file an FIR.

The Shrinathji Group of developers, which is constructing the high-rise, denied any discrimination. “We were not comfortable dealing with Rahate due to his approach. The manner in which he spoke made our staff sceptical. We need to develop a rapport with our clients during a transaction. We have already sold a flats in the project to a Sindhi buyer and a shop to a Punjabi buyer. Besides, one of the directors of our company is Maharashtrian,” said Sagar Bekal, a spokesperson for the Shrinathji group… see more

source: times of india