The Belgaum police have filed a case in Market Police Station (Cr.No.147/13) under Section 153(A) of IPC and 125 Representation of the People Act. The minister was here in Belgaum on April 7, ans spoke at the birthday celebrations of Editor of Tarun Bharat, Kiran Thakur.
Section 153(A) of IPC is for Promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony and 125 Representation of the People Act is for Promoting enmity between classes in connection with election. Any person who in connection with an election under this Act promotes or attempts to promote on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language,feelings of enmity or hatred, between different classes of the citizens of India shall be punishable, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
Mr.Patil allegedly made provocative remarks while recalling an incident wherein Karnataka Rakshana Vedike had daubed the face of Vijay Pandurang More at Bangalore on Nov.11, 2005, the then Mayor of Belgaum City Corporation for passing a resolution seeking for merger of Belgaum and several other Marathi-speaking boundary areas with Maharashtra. He had also said that if 5 MES MLAs are elected then we can make the government dance to our tunes.
The DC Munish Moudgil, who is also the District electin officer saw the 45 minutes speech of RR Patil and the same was translated into the English and Kannada and he also obtained legal opinion and after this filed the case.