A complaint has been lodged with the Meerut district magistrate against BJP leader Sangeet Som for allegedly submitting fake degree documents in his affidavit to the Election Commission.
The disclosure comes close on the heels of a statement by state PWD minister Shivpal Yadav last month that an investigation was underway against an MLA for fake degrees. However, Yadav had refused to disclose MLA’s name or party.
Now, it has emerged that the complainant Devendra Mukhiya, a resident of Bishrakh village in Noida, had submitted the complaint last month alleging that Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som had declared himself a graduate in his affidavit during the 2009 Lok Sabha election which he contested from Muzaffarnagar. However, in the affidavit submitted before the 2012 Assembly elections, he declared himself intermediate pass.
Mukhiya also has annexured a certificate of KK Jain Inter College principal, saying that Som had failed his high school examination and thereafter took transfer certificate (TC) in July 1994.
On the basis of these certificates, Mukhiya has claimed that Som had misled the government and the people by submitting fake certificates and affidavits in elections.
Mukhiya submitted his complaint to the DM, with copies to President, Prime Minister, home minister, governor, chief election commissioner and SSP (Meerut).
Additional district magistrate (enforcement) Dinesh Chandra investigated the complaint and submitted a report to DM Pankaj Yadav that he was not a competent authority to investigate the matter.
“The complaint was related to degree which is not in my jurisdiction. I have submitted my report to the district magistrate who will take further decision on it”, said Dinesh Chandra, ADM.
Som could not be reached for comment and a person in his office said he had gone out of the state.
However, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said, “If a complaint has been lodged then law should take its course to bring the facts to the fore.”