BJP leader Sangeet Som fined Rs 800 by UP court for violating government orders after Akhlaq’s lynching

Noida, October 14: A court in Gautam Buddh Nagar has found controversial BJP leader Sangeet Som guilty of violating government orders following the 2015 lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq, officials said Thursday.

The former BJP MP was found guilty under Section 188 of the IPC (disobeying orders duly issued by government officials) for violating the restrictions of Section 144 of the CrPC in the village of Bisahda of Akhlaq.

“Additional (2) Chief Judicial Magistrate of Surajpur Court, Pradeep Kumar Kushwaha on Wednesday (Som) found him guilty under IPC 188 for breaching Section 144 of the CrPC and imposed sentence of 800 rupees,” Deputy Prosecutor Premlata Yadav told PTI.

She said CrPC 144, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people in one area, was imposed in Bisahda village following the Akhlaq incident.

Akhlaq, 52, a resident of Bisahda village in Dadri region of Gautam Buddh Nagar, was lynched to death on September 28, 2015 by a mob suspected of storing beef in his house.

The lynching case is being heard in an expedited court here whose judgment is awaited.

Som has in the past been accused of making inflammatory speeches. He was charged with hate speech before the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013, but was cleared by a local court after a trial.

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