Delhi’s Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar arrived at Lucknow Railway station on Wednesday and is set to be taken to Faizabad college as a part of further investigation to validate the LLB degree following his arrest in an alleged fake degree controversy.
Tomar, who was arrested on Tuesday without any prior notice, told a news agency, “My degree is real. This is a conspiracy by the Central Government.” He further assured the public that he would win the case and soon work with the party again.
Tomar’s arrest raised a lot of questions by the Delhi government, which has accused the police and the Central government of arresting the law minister of Delhi like a common criminal and using pressure tactics.
Ashutosh, the spokesperson of Aam Aadmi Party responded to the arrest by saying, “‘Don’t be surprised if AAP leaders are killed in road accidents.” He further added, “Those who oppose Modi government shall pay the price. But we will fight.”
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 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”.
Following the arrest, Tomar also resigned from the party on ‘moral grounds’.
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.