In a fresh twist to the “fake degree row” surrounding Delhi Law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, the Institute of Legal Studies, Munger, – where the minister claimed to have studied LLB – has now filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court certifying that Tomar was a “bonafide student”.
This affidavit comes a month after the Tilka Majhi University, Bhagalpur — the affiliating university that had issued his LLB degree — filed an affidavit stating that the provisional certificate filed by Tomar before the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) did not match its records.
“The records of the admission register of the college reveals that Jitender Singh Tomar, son of Balbir Singh Tomar, was a student of the college in LLB Part I, II, and III in the session 1994-95, 1995-96 and 1997-98 respectively,” the affidavit filed by the college stated. It has also sent attested copies of the admissions register and marksheets containing Tomar’s name with the affidavit.
The plea challenging the validity of Tomar’s undergraduate and LLB degrees was filed in February this year by advocate Santosh Kumar Sharma before the High Court. A separate complaint was also filed before the BCD by advocate Ripu Daman Singh Bharadwaj, after which the BCD issued notice to Tomar and asked the Delhi Police to conduct an inquiry.
During brief hearing before the court of Justice Rajiv Shakdher on Wednesday, Tomar’s counsel senior advocate A S Chandhiok told the court that the BCD had not given copies of all documents that were available with the council, even though Tomar had filed four separate applications to get access to the documents.
The court has now directed the BCD to supply copies of all documents available with it to Tomar. “We are asking you to supply the material lest he raise the issue later that he didn’t get a chance to see them,” the court said.
But senior advocate Aman Lekhi, who was appearing for the BCD, opposed Tomar’s plea, arguing that the AAP leader was “delaying the proceedings” as he had been asked by the BCD to submit the original copies of his certificates and degrees for verification.
“The originals are in his possession. He has not given any explanation for why they have not been filed,” Lekhi said, adding that the BCD did not have anything except the complaint filed by Bharadwaj and the replies received from the Awadh and Bhagalpur universities. Both universities had claimed that the certificates submitted by Tomar to the BCD were “forged and fake”.