Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar sent to 4-day police custody

Delhi(PTI): Delhi Police on Tuesday were granted 4-day custody of Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar by a court in the national capital. Tomar has been arrested in an alleged fake degree case, saying his educational certificates relating to law degree are “fabricated”.

The police were seeking a 5-day custody but have only been given a 4-day one.

Police told Metropolitan Magistrate Navjeet Budhiraja that the educational certificates which Tomar claims to be true were fabricated and during the initial probe, the authorities who have signed those certificates have denied that the same were genuine.

“Everything(documents) is something which either is denied by the institution or we don’t know as to how these documents came into light. For this we need Tomar’s interrogation,” the police told the court.

“According to him (Tomar), all these documents (educational certificates) are allegedly true but all those who allegedly signed these documents say they have not signed it,” police said.

Opposing the police’s plea, senior advocate HS Phoolka and advocate Rajiv Khosla, who appeared for Tomar, said that police has arrested the minister without compliance of the provisions of the law and no notice under section 160 of the CrPC was served to him prior to his arrest. The court after hearing the arguments reserved the order.

Alleging that police was biased against Tomar, the defence counsel said, “their job is to fix this man and teach him a lesson. This shows total bias probe by the agency. They don’t want to arrive at a truth”.

“After picking me up, the police is asking me to give them the degrees which I have. This is a case where there is a blatant high-handedness… This is a black day in the country and if this ‘police raj’ will go on, I must say no one is safe,” Phoolka said.

The counsel told the court that no police remand should be granted as the accused has always cooperated in the probe and there was no apprehension that he would either abscond or tamper with the evidence.

Tomar’s counsel also told the court that the police wants to take him in custody just to humiliate him and this was nothing but “political vendetta”.

His counsel told the court that Tomar should be granted interim bail as the process of verification of his educational certificates by the police will take time. He said Tomar will neither tamper evidence nor influence witnesses.

Responding to this, the police said they required Tomar’s custody to take him to the places from where he had allegedly obtained the fabricated educational certificates and also to ascertain the identity of those persons who have abetted and conspired with him to procure these fake degrees.

“He has the power to fabricate documents within minutes”, the police said. Forty-nine-year-old Tomar, MLA from Trinagar and a first time minister, was arrested around 11 am on Tuesday following investigation into the complaint by Bar Council of Delhi that he had obtained a fake law degree from the Bihar college.

An FIR was registered against Tomar last night at Hauz Khas police station and he was booked for alleged offences of cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine, forgery with intent to cheat and criminal conspiracy. Tomar was brought to Hauz Khas police station and later shifted to Vasant Vihar police station.