The fracas over the genuineness of the LLB and undergraduate degrees of Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar has now created differences in the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD). A group of members has alleged that a recent letter sent by the council to police was “incorrect”.
Ten members of the 25-member body has now shot off a letter to the council chairman K K Manan claiming that the decision to send a complaint to police regarding the alleged forgery was taken without their consent. The lawyers have alleged that the minutes of a meeting on May 8, where the decision is said to have been taken, was not approved by them.
“We do not appreciate and approve the action of the secretary while going to the media as well as complaining to police without there being a mandate from the council. Majority of us who were present on may 8 did not consent such an action,” the letter signed by the 10 members said. The signatories include DHCBA President Rajiv Khosla, former BCD chairpersons Rakesh Tiku and RS Chauhan, former BCD secretaries Rana Paveen Siddiqui and Murari Tiwari, among others.
The members have also alleged that the complaint could not have been sent to police as the matter was pending before the Delhi High Court, and no “prima facie” decision on the complaint could have been taken by the Council until after a reply was received from Tomar and deliberations conducted on the reply.
The issue is now shaping up to be a conflict of political loyalties, with Bar council members of both sides claiming that the allegations and counter-allegations are ‘at the behest of political masters”.
Manan refused comment on the issue, but said a meeting of the Council has now been called on Wednesday where the complaint letter will be taken up.
Sources said the lawyers who signed the letter had abstained from voting on the action to be taken against Tomar.