Fake degree case: Cops pick up Delhi’s law minister

Without any reason the Delhi police have arrested Jitendra Singh Tomar, said AAP leader Sanjay Singh

GN Bureau | June 9, 2015


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Even as war on division of power rages in Delhi between lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the police on Tuesday arrested Delhi’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar  in connection with alleged fake degree case. It is a major embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party government.

Tomar has been facing charges that academic certificate he submitted while filing nomination for assembly polls held in February this year were fake.

The arrest came after the Bar Council of Delhi filed a criminal complaint against his fake law degree. On May 13, the Bar Council had sought probe into his fake law degree. The complaint was filed after the two universities whose certificates Tomar had furnished, claimed the degrees are fake.

The Delhi Police is tight-lipped on the development and Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi also refused to comment on the arrest. "I am not yet aware of Tomar's arrest as I was out of office on a meeting. I will get the full facts and then respond," Bassi said.

However, AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted, "Without any reason the Delhi police have arrested Jitendra Singh Tomar."

BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg who had fought the February 7 assembly polls against Tomar from Tri Nagar assembly constituency has also filed a plea seeking setting aside of his election over alleged wrong declaration of educational qualification in his nomination paper.

Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar, where Tomar claimed to have completed his law education, had told the High Court that the serial number of the provisional certificate in its record showed name of some other person and not that of Tomar.

Meanwhile, BJP leader and former police officer Kiran Bedi said, "Delhi Police will not arrest him without any strong evidence. Delhi Police will have to clear whether he has been arrested or picked up for questioning. I do not think police will arrest him without solid evidence."

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