A month-long investigation into the authenticity of former Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar’s academic degree has revealed that Tomar submitted fake graduate degree and law degree mark sheets to register with Bar Council of Delhi, police claimed on Tuesday. Tomar had also allegedly forged a migration certificate earlier.
During the proceedings, Delhi Police sought Tomar’s five-day custody saying his educational certificates relating to law degree were “fabricated” and he was required to be taken to Faizabad and Bhagalpur to ascertain his educational qualifications. Police said they need to match the information given by Tomar with that in police inquiry report. “Besides we also need to ascertain facts about who conspired with him to procure such documents,” the police added.
Special Commissioner (Law & Order) Deepak Mishra said that an FIR was registered and Tomar was arrested only after finding concrete evidence of his wrongdoing, following a complaint by Delhi Bar Council Secretary Punit Mittal on May 11. “For us, this is purely an FIR and nothing more should be read into it,” Mishra said.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said in the record of K S Saket Post-Graduation College, Ayodhya — from where the alleged B Sc degree and marks sheets were issued in the name of Jitender Singh Tomar — no such student was found.
When the police team contacted controller of examination of RML Awadh University, Faizabad, he reported that no BSc degree and marks sheets in the name of Jitender Singh Tomar had been issued by the university as per their record. “We then checked the alleged provisional certificate of LLB was issued from Tilka Manjhi University. A report from the said university has termed the degree fake. The roll number mentioned in the provisional certificate of LLB was found to be allotted to another student, Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary, from a different stream in 1999,” said Bhagat.
The facsimile signature of Rajender Prasad Singh – the controller of examination – on the mark sheet of LLB (Part III) and provisional degree were found to be forged, he added.
Joint commissioner of police (southern range) R S Krishnia said registration number mentioned in the Tilka Manjhi University records has been given in the name of Jitender Singh Tomar in the year 2001, whereas in the LLB mark sheets of first and second year, the registration number has been given during the year 1996 and 1997.
On charges by AAP that the Delhi Assembly Speaker Goel was not informed about the arrest, Bhagat said as per law, police are supposed to inform the LG, the Bar Council and the Speaker within 24 hours of the arrest and they will comply with it.