A day after his arrest, AAP leader Jitender Singh Tomar was taken to Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh for questioning.
Delhi police is investigating Tomar for allegedly forging his graduation and law degrees.
Tomar has denied all allegations and has accused the Centre of “conspiracy.” He resigned as Delhi Law Minister after his arrest on Tuesday.
RML Avadh University in Faizabad has come out and said that Tomar was never a student there, a claim that Tomar had made. Tomar had claimed to have done his BSc from there.
“One Pradeep Kumar had filed an RTI asking for verification of a set of documents related to Tomar’s marksheets and degree. The university had replied on January 22 saying it had nothing of that sort in its records. We stand by our previous stand,” said SN Shukla the university’s media in-charge.
“My degree is absolutely genuine. It is a conspiracy by BJP and the central government. Yes, they are not letting AAP government work,” Tomar told the press on Wednesday morning at the railway station in Lucknow from where he was being taken to Faizabad by road.
49-year-old Tomar, MLA from Trinagar and a first-time minister, was remanded in four-day police custody by a Delhi court on Tuesday.
Delhi Police has claimed that a nearly month-long investigation found that Tomar not only submitted fake science graduation degree and law mark sheets to register with the Bar Council of Delhi but also forged a migration certificate.
Investigators said that an FIR was registered and Tomar was arrested only after finding concrete evidence of his wrongdoing following a complaint by Bar Council of Delhi Secretary Punit Mittal on May 11.
Once the police received the complaint, a preliminary enquiry, as per the directives of the Supreme Court, was launched and two teams were sent to verify the documents attached with the complaint to RML Avadh University, Faizabad and Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar, they said.
“In the record of K S Saket PG College, Ayodhya from where the alleged B.Sc degree and mark-sheets were issued in the name of Jitender Singh Tomar, no such student was found in the college admission register while roll numbers mentioned in the documents were not found in the university record,” said Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
When the police team contacted the Controller of Examination of RML Avadh University, he reported that no B.Sc degree and mark-sheets in the name of Jitender Singh Tomar have been issued by the University as per their record.
“We then checked the alleged provisional certificate of LLB issued by Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University. A report from the university has termed the degree fake. The roll number mentioned in the provisional certificate of LLB was found to be allotted to another student, Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary, from a different stream issued in 1999,” Bhagat said.
The facsimile signatures of Rajender Prasad Singh as the Controller of Examination, on the marks sheet of LLB (Part III) and Provisional Degree were found to be forged, he also added.
Tomar’s resignation has come a big embarrassment for AAP. Both BJP and Congress are now demanding Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation. However, Aam Aadmi Party continued to attack the Centre.
AAP’s Delhi Convenor Ashutosh tweeted, “Those who oppose Modi govt have to pay the price. Tomorrow don’t be surprised if AAP leaders are killed in road accidents. But we will fight.”
The AAP government in Delhi and the Centre have been at the loggerheads over several issues ever since the former came to power early this year.