news Tuesday, June 09, 2015 - 05:30
AAP leader and Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar has been arrested over allegations of declaring fake educational qualifications in his election affidavit. According to reports, the minister has resigned from his post, hours after his arrest and has been sent to four day judicial custody for allegedly furbishing a "fake law degree". Earlier, another AAP leader Sanjay Singh had tweeted this morning saying that the law minister was arrested without prior notice or information and taken to the Hauz Khas police station.  The Aam Aadmi Party, which took power in Delhi in February, also accused police of roughing up Tomar. Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said he wasn't informed about the arrest. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia accused Lt. Governor Jung of unleashing an "Emergency-like situation" and said vested interests were ganging up against the AAP government because of its anti-corruption campaign. The AAP, he vowed, won't be cowed down. A visibly livid Sisodia said although the issue of Tomar's alleged fake degree was in the court, about 40 policemen swooped on Tomar's office early in the morning and took him away as if he was a fugitive. "The police told Tomar they had come to see some documents... They asked him to accompany them to his house. On the way they told his driver to get off and took charge of his vehicle and told him he was being detained. "They told Tomar that he could ask someone to bring the documents to the police station... "What is going on?" asked Sisodia. "Was he (Tomar) running away? Did he explode bombs in Delhi? There is an allegation (against him). The matter is in the court. What was the need to arrest him?" Sisodia added: "There is something wrong... This arrest is illegal. There is an Emergency-like situation. This is supposed to be a democracy... Maybe it is an attempt to teach the AAP a lesson (for what we are doing)." AAP supporters, including Tomar's family members, gathered in large numbers at the Vasant Vihar police station in south Delhi where Tomar was being questioned. Bihar’s Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University had written to the HC on April 27 stating that Tomar’s provisional certificate was “fabricated and doesn't exist in the university's record”. The inquiry report further mentioned that the serial number on his certificate came up with a “different person's name from a different stream”.   The court has reportedly asked the minister to respond to the issue by August 20 with the report alleging that the university’s records have been tampered and claiming that he had used a “false and bogus” degree to become a lawyer. Sanjay Singh has also blamed the centre of playing petty politics. The Delhi police comes under purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. On May 3, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had called for a "public trial of the media" following allegations against Tomar and in the aftermath of the death of farmer Gajendra Singh at an AAP rally.  With IANS