An FIR has been filed against Maharashtra home minister RR Patil by Karnataka police for promoting enmity between groups for his alleged provocative speech on Belgaum issue, a bone of contention between the two states.
Patil has also been booked under Representation of People Act for violation of the election code for the May 5 assembly poll in the state, police said on Thursday.
In his speech, Patil had allegedly made provocative remarks while recalling the incident where then Belgaum mayor, Vijay Pandurang More, was attacked in Bangalore for a resolution by the civic body seeking merger of Belgaum and several other Marathi-speaking areas with Maharashtra.
Patil made the ‘utterances’ at the birthday of Kiran Thakur, leader of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES).
Belgaum Police, which filed the FIR on Wednesday, is probing the case and will take legal action accordingly, the SP said.
Belgaum and some other border areas have been a bone of contention between Maharashtra and Karnataka. Maharashtra claims Belgaum should be part of it, but Karnataka maintains that it is part of the state and the issue is a closed chapter.