Councillor, father asked to undergo DNA test

Commissioner of the Divisional Caste Certificate Scrutiny Committee (CDCCSC) at Konkan Bhavan recently asked Ulhasnagar councillor Jaishree Patil and her father to undergo a DNA test after she was accused of securing an Other Backward Class (OBC) certificate by submitting fake caste-related documents of her father.

BJP’s Mangala Patil alleged that SAI’s Jaishree Patil (left), who won on a OBC seat during Feb 2012 civic polls, gave false details of her father to contest from the reserved seat

CDCCSC D P Patil had passed an order on June 4 (copy available with MiD DAY), asking Jaishree Patil and her father Padmakar Janardan Joshi to undergo DNA test at the Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories in Kalina on June 6. But after the two failed to show up, the next date for conducting the test was set for tomorrow.

Patil, a member of Secular Alliance of India (SAI) party, won the February 2012 civic polls from Panel-2 in Ulhasnagar-1 by defeating BJP candidate Mangala Suresh Patil. The seat Jaishree contested from was reserved for OBC category. Jaishree claimed that she belonged to Agari community, which feel under the reserved category. She had obtained the OBC certificate in 2007 itself.

Challenging the validity of Jaishree’s caste certificate, Mangala filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court. The court on March 14 transferred the matter to the DCCSC for further investigation. Mangala then submitted an application with the Scrutiny Committee on April 30, requesting it to conduct a DNA test on Jaishree and her father. Accepting Mangala’s request, the committee passed an order asking Jaishree and Joshi to undergo a DNA test to prove that Joshi was her biological father.

“We know her family very well. We also know that Gopinath Gharat was her father. But while filing nomination, she mentioned Padmakar Joshi as her father. Now the DCCSC has asked for a DNA test,” said Suresh Patil, Mangala’s husband.

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