Trouble continues to haunt controversial Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som and the latest incident that has come under spotlight is the denial of a vis. Australia has rejected visa application to visit the country and cited his alleged involvement in the Muzaffarnagar riots. According to The Indian Express, Som on Tuesday claimed that he faced this problem after his name cropped up in the 2013 incident of communal violence. Sangeet Som said that he has been to many countries before the riots and has never faced any difficulty. He pointed out that before the Muzaffarnagar riots, he had visited Australia, the US and Singapore and was never denied a visa to these countries but since his name has been cropping up in the matter, he has been facing this problem.
“Muzaffarnagar se mujhe bahut lagav hai, jiski wajah se puri duniya main itni charcha mein aa gaya hoon ki koi bhi desh mujhe visa dene ko tayyar nahi hai (I love Muzaffarnagar very much. This is why I have become a known figure in the world to the extent that no country is willing to give me a visa),” the BJP MLA was quoted as saying by IE at the meeting of the Chemists and Druggists Welfare Association in Muzaffarnagar. “I applied for a visa to visit Australia but was denied on the plea that cases are pending against me. I had applied for the visa… in 2015 but could not get through. After that I dropped the idea of going out of our country,” Som added. Som in his affidavit to the Election Commission has said five cases are pending against him. However, he has not been convicted in any case.
Sangeet Som was arrested in September 2013 after making an alleged inflammatory speech at a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on September 29. The video of the speech was uploaded on Facebook, following which the police had registered a case against him and more than two hundred other people who had liked the video under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and also Section 66 of the Information Technology Act in Muzaffarnagar. However, in April 2017, he was given a clean chit in the Special Investigation Team’s (SIT) closure report after no evidence was found against the accused. The accused persons had been charged with circulating the inflammatory video triggering communal tension in the district resulting in riots and the killing of 62 people.