Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar who was earlier embroiled in an “alleged fake degree” controversy was today arrested by the Delhi Police and sent to four-day police custody
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh took to Twitter and claimed that the leader had been arrested without prior notice.
Tomar was immediately taken to the Hauz Khas Police station. Speaking to the media, AAP leader Sanjay Singh stated, “What are the Delhi Police and the Narendra Modi government doing? They arrested the law minister of Delhi like a common criminal… this is pressure tactics.”
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi refused to respond to queries regarding the arrest. He replied to some journalists saying, “I was in a meeting and I will seek details of his arrest before commenting.”
Reacting to the situation, AAP leader Ashutosh said, “Government is indulging in vendetta politics.”
“Court should decide whether his papers are forged or not; the police has no business to get into this”, Ashutosh added.
Stating that the police was accountable for its actions, BJP leader and former top cop Kiran Bedi said, “AAP will cry foul. But police is not involved in politics. Police is accountable for its investigation to Court”.
Addressing a press conference, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “There is no question of MHA’s interference in any matter, law takes its course”.
Speaking about the controversy, Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said, “I should have been informed about the arrest (of Jitender Tomar), I wasn’t informed”.
Last month, Tomar had urged the Delhi High Court to stay the proceedings of the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) initiated against him in an alleged “fake law degree” case. Two cases are pending against Tomar in the court, alleging that he had enrolled himself as an advocate on the basis of a “fake and bogus” graduation degree while the other plea sought cancellation of his election. Bihar’s Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University, from where Tomar claimed to have obtained his law degree, had earlier told the court that the provisional certificate is not “genuine” and the document “does not exist in the university’s record”.
In defence, Tomar’s lawyer has claimed that he was a bonafide student for three years in Bishwanath Singh Institute of Legal Study College in Munger district. The affidavit submitted by Tomar’s counsel said as far as the “information regarding Tomar is concerned, the records reveal that Jitender Singh Tomar was a student of this college in LLB Part I, II, and III in the session 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98, respectively”.
It is believed that Tomar’s arrest will add fuel to the ongoing fury and controversy between the AAP led Delhi government and the centre.