BJP legislator Sangeet Som has allegedly liked a video on Facebook where a youth was attacked and killed by miscreants
Muzaffarnagar: A senior district official on Wednesday (August 14) said that the Uttar Pradesh government had sought details of four cases against BJP legislator Sangeet Som, including the one related to a fake but inflammatory video uploaded on social media in which he has already been given a clean chit.
Additional District Magistrate Amit Singh said the state government had sought details of the cases on 13 points.
In April 2017, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Muzaffarnagar riots cases gave Som a clean chit in the fake video case after the investigating officer filed a final report in a court after claiming that no evidence was found against the MLA from Sardhana constituency.
The SIT, through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), had sought a report from US-based Facebook Inc on the video that incited communal passions in Muzaffarnagar district in 2013.
But the social media platform failed to provide details on the people who uploaded or liked the video, saying they maintain records for one year only, the SIT had mentioned in its final report.
Som and more than 200 others who had "liked" the video were booked under various sections of the IPC and section 66 of the Information Technology Act on September 2, 2013.
The video, showing the killing of a youth, had triggered communal riots in Muzaffarnagar in which more than 60 people died, and 40,000 were displaced.
But the video was found to be around two years old and shot in Afghanistan or Pakistan.
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Last Updated Aug 14, 2019, 1:56 PM IST