Delhi Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar has been arrested for allegedly using fake degrees. He is at a police station in Vasant Vihar and will be taken to court soon.
Police sources say an FIR was registered against Tomar on Monday night.
Tomar has been charged under IPC sections 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery with purpose of cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), sources said.
A police team had gone to Bihar on the direction of the court to investigate if he had used fake degrees.
Hauz Khas police station in south Delhi, where Tomar has been taken, was heavily barricaded and a large contingent of police was deployed there.
The arrest comes amid an escalating turf war between the AAP government and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi refused to respond to queries on the arrest.
“I was in the meeting and I will seek details of his arrest before commenting,” Bassi said.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh has accused the Centre of using “pressure tactics” against the Delhi government.
Launching a scathing broadside over the arrest of Delhi law minister, AAP government today accused the Centre of creating an Emergency-like situation with its “dictatorial” actions due to crackdown on corruption in the city, particularly reopening of CNG fitness scam probe.
Calling Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar’s arrest in an alleged fake degree case as “totally unconstitutional”, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was an attempt by the Modi government to “teach AAP a lesson” and asserted no one involved in corruption will be spared.
“Attempts are being made to create an emergency like situation in Delhi through dictatorship as we have come down hard on those involved in corruption,” said Sisodia.
Accusing the police of treating Tomar as a “mafia”, Sisodia said the police forcibly put him into a car without giving any specific reason and seized his vehicle, before bringing him to the police station.
“Tomar was arrested as if he was a mafia. Was he running away? Did he set off a bomb? What was the emergency, especially when a scam is being reopened? There’s a deep underlying reason behind his arrest,” Sisodia told reporters.
According to AAP’s Delhi convenor Ashutosh, the arrest was a conspiracy hatched in the Union Home Ministry on the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Former Union Law Minister and Congress leader Veerappa Moily said that it was strange that the Law Minister is a person who had faced the prospect of arrest on cheating charges.
“Law should take its course,” Moily said.