The Bar Council of Delhi has sent a formal complaint to Delhi Police after noting that it had been “prima facie established” that Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar “by means of false representation and on the basis of forged marksheets and degree claimed to be a graduate in BSc and on the basis of forged provisional LLB certificate claimed to be a law graduate”.
The Bar Council, in a letter to the DCP (South), has urged police to conduct a detailed preliminary investigation with respect to the documents submitted by Tomar to the Bar Council at the time of his enrollment as a lawyer in 2011.
According to the complaint filed by the Bar Council, the council had sent an inquiry letter to Ram Manohar Lohia University, Faizabad, UP, from where Tomar claimed to have completed his graduation after questions were raised regarding the validity of his degree.
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The Bar Council has said the university had sent a reply to its query stating that the degree submitted by Tomar was “forged” and the marksheet and roll number were incorrect.
Further, the Bar Council said that while the matter was under consideration, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar, from where Tomar claimed to have completed his LLB, had informed the Delhi High Court in an affidavit that the provisional LLB certificate submitted by Tomar was a “fabricated document”.
The allegations against Tomar had been raised in a writ petition filed before the Delhi High Court in February this year by a lawyer, who alleged that the undergraduate degree from Awadh University was not genuine.
The court had then asked the Bar Council to conduct an inquiry and issued notice and sought responses from the universities concerned.
The Bar Council had also issued notice to Tomar and asked him to file his response. Last week, after Tomar’s counsel asked for more time to file the “certified copies” of his degrees, the Bar Council, which is the disciplinary authority over lawyers practising in Delhi under the Advocates Act, directed Tomar to submit the original copies of the certificates to the council by May 27 and decided to forward the inquiry to Delhi Police on the basis of prima facie evidence.
Tomar, meanwhile, has denied the allegations and accused the BJP of “playing politics”.