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Fake degree row: Tomar's female friend role under scanner

India TV News Desk 15 Jun 2015, 9:02:19 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Delhi Police is now planning to trace a woman friend of former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who helped him acquire the fake degrees from the various colleges.

A police said that the lady friend of Tomar heads a private educational institute in Outer Delhi and she helped him in acquiring his forged educational degrees. The official said that a police team will be visiting the institute today.

"The woman might lead us to the fake degree nexus. Also, the institute she heads offers courses under the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University. But we still have to investigate if fake degrees are being handed out," the officer said.

Police also claimed that they found papers to show that the AAP leader pursued a graduation course from Delhi University in the 1980s.

Also, the two-day police custody of the former law minister will be ending today. Police said that they were unable to utilise the first day as educational institutes and government offices where they intended to take him were closed being a Sunday.

"We could not complete our investigation as Sunday was a holiday. Also, the court extended Tomar's remand for only two days. This did not give us sufficient time to visit Bundelkhand college. We are limiting our investigation to Delhi on Sunday and Monday," a senior police officer said.

Last week, police took Tomar to Faizabad's Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University and VNS Institute of Legal Studies in Bihar to verify the claims made by Tomar that he obtained graduation and a law degree from these two institutions, respectively.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police yesterday said that he was "not cooperating" in the investigation in the fake degree case, saying he was "reluctant" to answer questions during interrogation.

49-year-old Tomar, MLA from Trinagar, was arrested in the morning of June 9 following an investigation into a complaint by Bar Council of Delhi that he had obtained a fake law degree from the Bihar college.

An FIR was registered against Tomar on June 8 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.