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MUMBAI: In a case of religious discrimination, a young MBA graduate was rejected for a job in a diamond export company for being a Muslim, prompting the National Commission for Minorities to seek an explanation from the business house. The incident also drew criticism from the central government, which said religious discrimination cannot be allowed. Management graduate Zeshan Ali Khan had applied for an opening in the company on May 19 and, according to him, he received a response within 15 minutes, which said they hired only non-Muslim candidates. “Thanks for your application. We regret to inform you that we hire only non-Muslim candidates,” the company said in response to his application. “I was looking for a job, I came to know about a recruitment drive taking place at Hare Krishna Exports, one of the leading exports houses of the country. I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to start my career with them. I was quite shocked when I read the reply, I took a screen shot of it and posted it on Facebook,” he said. “At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting foreign countries and inviting them for investment and pushing ahead the ‘Make in India’ campaign, the leading export houses are rejecting candidates for their religion,” he added. Even as his social media posts triggered an outrage against the company, it sent a regret mail to Khan, blaming a trainee in its HR team with no decision-making powers for the “blunder”.