Former Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav refuted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim of being kept in dark over MLA Jitender Signh Tomar’s fake law degree. Yadav said Kejriwal knew of Tomar’s fake degree but did not conduct an inquiry.
Yadav claimed, “We had informed Arvind Kejriwal about Jitender Singh Tomar’s fake degree in February. I am surprised. Now they are saying they were taken for a ride. Kejriwal did not even conduct an inquiry. We had raised issues about at least 25 candidates.”
In a major setback for the Delhi government, a court on June 22 dismissed the bail application of Delhi’s former law minister, saying that allegations against him were serious in nature as he is a legislator.
Dismissing the plea, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Tarun Yogesh had extended his judicial custody till July 6. Tomar has sought bail on the ground that he has to attend Delhi’s Assembly sessions commencing from June 23.
Tomar was in police custody after he was arrested on June 9. He has been charged under various IPC sections including 420 (cheating). He has also been charged under IPC sections 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery with purpose of cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy).
Tomar, a first-time minister, has found himself embroiled in a controversy over his law degree ever since he took charge as Delhi’s Law Minister.
Bihar-based Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University had informed the Delhi High Court that Tomar’s law degree is fabricated. The institute had claimed that Tomar’s law degree does not exist in their records.
The university said that the serial number on the provisional certificate has the name of some other person in a different stream of study.