Belagavi: Sitting Khanapur MLA, Aravind Patil of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti (MES) has landed in trouble for providing false information about his wife in an affidavit he submitted along with his nomination papers during the last assembly elections.
A pro-Maharashtra leader, Patil did not disclose details of his wife’s state government job in the affidavit saying she was a housewife. Patil has been in the forefront of an ongoing movement of the MES demanding the merger of Belagavi region with Maharashtra state. He did not want to admit the fact that his wife was an employee of Karnataka government and instead went on to claim that she was a housewife in the affidavit.
An RTI activist had lodged a complaint with Khanapur police station against Patil for misleading the Election Commission by submitting a false affidavit. The police have already investigated the case and prepared a report, according to sources. As per information available, his wife Sujata joined as a teacher in the Government Marathi Primary School, Hitni, Hukkeri taluk on June 13, 2007 and is currently working as teacher at Government Marathi School at Halasi, near Khanapur. She showed her permanent address in her official records as C/O Aravind Patil, 615, Saraff Galli, Nandagad, Khanapur.
In his affidavit submitted during the 2013 elections, Patil falsely claimed that his wife did not have a bank account even as her monthly salary was being deposited to account number 64022591514 in State Bank of India, Hukkeri. As per records, transactions were made by Sujata through the same account from January 15, 2007 to January 17, 2018. Department of Income Tax also conducted a probe into it and submitted a report to the Election Commission, sources added....