Lawyer’s body asks police to probe Delhi’s Law Minister

Farooq Anwar

PTI4_29_2015_000115BDelhi Government Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar could be in for more trouble over the controversy on his law degree. The Delhi Bar Council has written to the Delhi police for the detailed probe into the authenticity of the documents submitted by Tomar. The documents includes the degree and certificates of his law degree from K.S. Saket PG College Ayodhya, Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh), which he had submitted at the time of his enrollment in the Bar Council as an advocate.

“We have no means of verifying the certificates. So we have asked the DCP (south) to look into the matter. We have the copies submitted by Tomar at the time of his enrolment and the documents submitted by the complainants,” Bar Council of Delhi secretary and advocate Puneet Mittal said.

AAP law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar has been facing strong allegations of producing forged degree, mark sheets and certificates to the bar council of Delhi in 2011 seeking enrollment as an advocate. The controversy has also taken political contours as opposition parties has since been demanding the sacking of  the Law Minister Tomar. However, his party AAP and chief Kejriwal has backed Tomar giving him a breather to defend himself.

The alleged fraud came to the light after a complaint against JS Tomar was filed before the Delhi bar council seeking clarification over his enrollment. The complainant had alleged that the undergraduate degree Tomar had obtained from Bhagalpur University in Bihar was ‘fake and fabricated’.

The three BJP MLA’s in Delhi assembly, which is the only face of the opposition inside the house, has also submitted a memorandum to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Nazeeb Jung and demanded the dismissal of Tomar from the Cabinet.

But Jitendra Singh Tomar has so far been adamant that all his certificates and documents are genuine.