Muzaffarnagar Riot Cases May Be Withdrawn Against MLA Sangeet Som
The state’s law department has asked for the status of 7 cases registered against the controversial lawmaker.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has initiated measures to withdraw cases registered against BJP MLA from Sardhana, Sangeet Som.
The state’s law department has written to officials asking the status of 7 cases registered against the controversial lawmaker, three of which are related to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar, reported NDTV.
“We have been asked to prepare a report based on 13 pointers related to the withdrawal of the cases. The pointers include the names of courts, the stage of the trial, the details of the complainants and the accused.”Amit Kumar Singh, senior government officer in Muzaffarnagar
What Are The Charges Against Him?
The cases being reviewed to be withdrawn against MLA Som, according to News 18, include:
- Charges registered in the Muzaffarnagar Riots, which encompass circulating fake news, promoting religious enmity, conspiracy and rioting, according to the election affidavit filed by him in 2017.
- Violation of Section 144 in Saharanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar.
- Taking out a procession in Sardhana, Som's parliamentary constituency.
Court’s Decision is Final
An inquiry will be done by the administration on the progress of these cases in the local courts and a report of the same will be sent to UP government’s law department.
A call will be taken by the law department and if the government wishes to withdraw the cases, they will have to approach the local court where the case is being heard. The court’s decision on the matter will be final, according to NDTV.
The BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has started the process to withdraw 74 cases related to riots but the court is yet to give permission for the same, according to News 18.
(With Inputs from NDTV and News 18)
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