Fake degree case: Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar arrested

New Delhi: Delhi's Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar was arrested for allegedly producing a fake law degree in his election affidavits, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said.

Tomar's arrest was tweeted by senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh. "Jitendra Singh Tomar has been arrested by the Delhi Police. He is being taken to Hauz Khan police station," he said in Hindi. Singh has also alleged that Tomar, an elected member of Delhi Assembly, was arrested without a prior notice.

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.

An RTI reply had in April revealed that Tomar's undergraduate degree was fake just days after a Bihar-based university told the Delhi high court a provisional certificate he used to enroll as a lawyer was fabricated.

Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University in Faizabad and one of its affiliated institutes, the KS Saket Postgraduate College in Ayodhya, said the minister's BSc second year mark sheet was bogus and his degree invalid after a Ghaziabad resident filed a Right to Information query.

The college also said the 48-year-old Tomar never took admission in the institution, in a reply to a separate RTI application. University sources said the roll number series on Tomar's marksheet was bogus and the vice-chancellor's signature on the degree entirely different from the original one.

Bihar-based Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University had the HC in April that the provisional degree on the basis of which Tomar enrolled as a lawyer is fake.

An inquiry report submitted by the university  to the court said that Tomar's provisional certificate purportedly issued by the university is “fabricated and does not exist in the institution’s record”. The university’s report said the serial number of the provisional certificate in the record showed the name of some other person and not that of Tomar.

The university was responding to the notice issued by the court on a plea alleging that Tomar got himself enrolled as an advocate on the basis of a “false and bogus” graduation degree.

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