A special court in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar has accepted the 2017 closure report filed by an Uttar Pradesh Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) team against BJP MLA Sangeet Som, in a case of uploading an inflammatory video on social media ahead of the communal riots which took place in 2013. More than 60 people were killed and about 40,000 were displaced during the riots, in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas.
Special Judge Ram Sudh Singh accepted the closure report of the SIT and said that the complainant in the case, Inspector Subodh Kumar, has died and no objection has not been filed against the closure report.
Subodh Kumar was killed when a mob went on a rampage over allegations of illegal cow slaughter in Bulandshahr in 2018. Kumar was trying to restore calm in an area after violence. According to the police, his fingers were chopped off and he was hit was on the head. Later he was shot to death. His body was found inside his official police vehicle, abandoned in a field.
According to the prosecution, the SIT had filed a closure report in the court, saying that no evidence was found against Som.
Earlier, the SIT had sought details of the person who uploaded the inflammatory video to the platform from Facebook but the social networking giant failed to provide the names of those involved in the Act, the prosecution said.
The UP Police had filed a case under sections 420 (cheating), 153a (promoting enmity between groups) and 120b (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 66 of the Information and Technology (IT) Act against Sangeet Som and about 200 others, who had liked a video which was uploaded on Facebook, on September 2, 2013.
The accused had been charged for circulating a clip linked to the murder of two youths, sparking communal tensions in the area.
Earlier, in December, the UP government withdrew cases against several BJP leaders filed over the Muzaffarnagar riots.
BJP MLAs– Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana, and Kapil Dev Aggarwal are among the people, Sadhvi Prachi is also a part of the list.
Reacting to the UP court’s decision, the MLA from Muzaffarnagar’s Sardhana assembly Sangeet Som told reporters: “I have said it time and again, even when they sent me to jail, that an impartial enquiry will bring out the truth. This is a fraud case, both the public and God will teach them a lesson. This is what has happened. They even formed a SIT, it was the Samajwai Party government that did it, and the same SIT filed a final or closure report in court that they found no proof against me.”