news Friday, May 01, 2015 - 05:30
Alleging that the charges of faking his degree were baseless, AAP’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar has written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stating that there was a conspiracy to tarnish his image.   A report in The Indian Express says the minister alleged that BJP’s candidate from Tri Nagar, Nand Kishore Garg, had exercised his clout among educational institutions to produce a faulty reply from Tomar’s university in Bhagalpur.   Garg had earlier filed an election petition stating that Tomar’s degree was ‘fake’ and produced a reply from the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University as proof.    “It may be interesting to note that this reply — based on an almost 30-year-old record — has been furnished by the university within a day of an application being filed”, he told the newspaper.   AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had written to Tomar on Tuesday to clarify his position on the issue after the High Court had received a notice from Tomar’s university stating that his name could not be found on their records. The AAP has maintained that they plan on waiting till Tomar’s reply to the HC is sent across.   Political parties have been up in arms citing Tomar’s ‘fake degree.’ The minister however, has reportedly laid the blame squarely on Garg, saying that “When nothing else seemed to work, he filed an election petition… raising questions with regard to the authenticity of my graduation and law degrees”.   Tomar also told the newspaper that when the correct documents would be produced, the court will dismiss the petition and then he would file a defamation suit against Garg.   Read more at: ‘Fake’ degree controversy: Under siege, Jitender Singh Tomar tells Arvind Kejriwal of ‘BJP plot’