Probing the alleged fake degree case against former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, the Delhi Police on Saturday told a city court that it may press charges under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Police told Metropolitan Magistrate Pooja Aggarwal, who extended Tomar’s custody by two days, that their probe had revealed that records of Tilka Manjhi University in Bhagalpur were allegedly “torn”, suggesting “connivance of university officials” with Tomar.
Saying that charges under the PoC Act might be invoked, police said the tabulation registry submitted by Tomar, when he had sought bail earlier, had been attested in April 2015, but that the same original records have allegedly been torn from university records.
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“He had gone to the university in April 2015, a month before we started investigation. He sought the tabulation registry containing details of attendance and marksheet of the LLB degree from Tilka Manjhi University, which were submitted by him when he moved the bail application. There are three places where the records are kept — two with the college and one with the university. Our investigation revealed only his tabulation registry has been torn. This clearly indicates Tomar visited the university a month before the probe and university officials have allegedly abetted him. Prima facie, the PoC Act now comes into the picture,” the police counsel said.
Police also told the court that the RTI reply of RML Avadh University, which was seized from them, allegedly shows that the RTI submitted by Tomar is “forged and fabricated”. “Tomar earlier submitted an RTI filed by complainant Deepak Vohra, which stated that he was a student of the university. However, the RTI reply given by the vice-chancellor of university is a different one. He submitted a forged RTI application. We need to go back to Faizabad and further look into the fake seal and the larger racket, if any,” the police counsel said.
Police claimed Tomar’s migration certificate from Bundelkhand University too was “fabricated” and they needed to question officials.
Meanwhile, opposing the plea for police remand, advocate Rajeev Khosla, Tomar’s counsel, argued that the case was based on “documentary evidence” and that extension of remand was only to “harass him”.
“All documents have been seized. All evidence is now with police. As far as the migration certificate is concerned, he did not even belong to that university. Police have fabricated the document. The only purpose for extension of remand is to harass him as police are acting on someone’s will,” Khosla said.
Police on Saturday sought 11 days’ custody of Tomar, arguing that the earlier remand was not “sufficient” as 45 hours were just spent on travelling. But, the court allowed only two days.