Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar who was earlier embroiled in an “alleged fake degree” controversy was today arrested by the Delhi Police. The incident evoked strong reactions and criticism from pro-AAP camp and groups.
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.