Out on bail, Jitender Singh Tomar says people don’t go to jail for such an offence

Former law minister says political career not yet over, ‘these are minor things... truth will emerge’.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Published: July 25, 2015 4:29:25 am
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A day after he was released from Tihar Jail, former Delhi Law Minister and AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar spent the day in his office in Trinagar Assembly constituency. Tomar spent a month-and-a-half in jail following his arrest on charges that his law degree is fake.

Tomar on Friday said his arrest was an attempt by the BJP-led Centre to tarnish the AAP government, in which, he said, the Delhi Police was used as a weapon and he was made the scapegoat. “I have been the victim in this case,” he said.

He, however, added that his political career was far from over. “These are minor things in politics. The truth will ultimately emerge. I have full faith in our judiciary and I will come out clean,” Tomar told The Indian Express.

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On the day of his arrest on June 9, the AAP had accused the Narendra Modi government at the Centre of creating an “Emergency-like” situation in Delhi. Later, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had, however, said that the AAP may have made a mistake in assessing Tomar’s credentials.

“These are the things I have only heard through the media. After I was taken into custody, I was out of touch with my party or the media. Arvind Kejriwal is my leader and the AAP is my party. I will put my side of the story before them soon. Once an FIR was filed, it was my moral responsibility to turn in my resignation, which I fulfilled,” Tomar said.

He added that he would not like to comment on the allegations made by the Delhi Police until a chargesheet was filed.

“When I came out of jail, there were 500 people waiting for me. In my constituency, about 2,000 people poured out on to the streets last night. They all know that the case against me is politically motivated,” Tomar said.

He said the way the Delhi Police descended on his office with a large team and the way they opposed his bail smacked of political vendetta. “For such an offence, people don’t go to jail. They are released on bail. I still spent a month-and-a-half in jail. Had I done something wrong, I would have filed for anticipatory bail or tried to pull some strings but I had no fear, so I did none of that,” he said.

Tomar, who hails from Eta in Uttar Pradesh, joined the AAP after quitting the Congress party. He had then said that since he did not belong to a political family, he would have never grown as a politician in the Congress.

He said the appointment of Kapil Mishra as law minister was a great decision. “He is a very good man. Not only he will take my work forward, but also take great initiatives on his own,” he said.

Tomar said he would continue working as an MLA in his constituency and attend the special Assembly session called on July 27 to discuss women’s safety in Delhi. “I am still a member of the House and will attend the session on Monday,” he said.

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