After a row erupted over him submitting “fake” educational qualifications to the Election Commission, BJP legislator Sangeet Som, who is an accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots and was accused of uploading a fake inflammatory video that sparked communal violence, has threatened to hit the streets with his supporters if the “conspiracy” against him was not checked.
Som distributed copies of a letter written by R R Pundeer, the principal of K K Jain Inter College, Khatauli, stating that he passed the high school examination in 1995 with second division as a private student. “A move is on to tarnish my image at the behest of the state government. The person who has levelled these false charges over fake degrees is himself a history-sheeter and at least a dozen cases are pending against him,” Som told The Indian Express over the phone.
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One Devendra Mukhia of Noida’s Bisrakh village has alleged that Som furnished false information regarding his educational qualification in his affidavit to the EC submitted ahead of the assembly polls. Mukhia has written a letter to EC and Meerut District Magistrate Pankaj Yadav requesting action over the matter.
Ironically, Mukhia, in his letter, had also attached a certified copy from the principal of K K Jain Inter College stating that Som failed in the high school examinations in 1993 and had also got a transfer certificate issued from the college that same year.
Som is an accused in Muzzafarnagar riots and was jailed for giving inflammatory speeches during that period. The NDA government recently provided him with Z plus security cover despite protests from Opposition leaders including those from the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state.
The local administration has completed the inquiry in this connection and has sent its report to the government. “The issue is confidential and hence it cannot be shared with the media,” Pankaj Yadav said.
Mukhia, on his part, has claimed he was ready to face any action if the charges levelled by him were proven wrong.