Lucknow, Aug. 14 -- The Uttar Pradesh government has asked officials to prepare a report on seven cases against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som, an accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, a move that could result in the withdrawal of the charges against the controversial leader.

The cases were registered against Som between 2013 and 2017 in Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Meerut and Gautam Buddh Nagar, an official told news agency IANS. These include cases in Muzaffarnagar during the 2013 riots, violation of Section 144 in Saharanpur and Gautam Buddh Nagar and taking out a procession in Sardhana, Som's parliamentary constituency.

Law minister Brajesh Pathak confirmed the move. "The government has sought report from the district a...