Embroiled in fake degree row, AAP MLA Surender Singh ‘courts arrest’, says he is a victim

Surender Singh claimed that he was actually the “victim” in the case as he had legitimately received a degree from a university in Sikkim, but the institution had turned out to be a “dubious” one.

New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2015 8:33:34 am
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Amid allegations that the university degree mentioned in his election affidavit is fake, AAP MLA Surender Singh on Tuesday met Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to “court arrest”, while his party lashed out at the Delhi Police and alleged that they were working at the behest of the Central government.

Singh claimed that he was actually the “victim” in the case as he had legitimately received a degree from a university in Sikkim, but the institution had turned out to be a “dubious” one.

He also claimed that he had made a “mistake” in his election affidavit. “I was awarded the degree in 2012. I have not submitted any fake degree. But yes, I have made a mistake in my affidavit. While mentioning the degree in the affidavit, I mentioned it as Sikkim University while it should have been Eiilm Sikkim University. So if anyone files an RTI application in Sikkim University, they will not have any record. This does not mean that my degree is fake, as I have graduated from the Eiilm Sikkim University,” the MLA said.

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AAP leader Sanjay Singh targeted the Delhi Police over the issue, saying the police should “spend time chasing criminals, and not AAP MLAs”.

“Police should release the list of AAP MLAs they plan to arrest. We shall hand them over to police, so that the police could devote more time on improving the law and order situation in the city,” said Sanjay Singh.

Both Sanjay Singh and Surender Singh then went to call on the Delhi police commissioner, purportedly to court arrest. Neither of them were arrested and they left the police headquarters after a while.

“Surender Singh came to the police headquarters and told the media that he had come there to court arrest. He said he had pursued his higher education while serving in the army and he did not know what to do in the event of the college and the education body closing down after he completed his education. He proceeded to meet senior police officers. Singh was, however, not arrested and he left after some time,” said a police official.

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