In yet another embarrassment for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Delhi high court has issued notices to its legislator Surender Singh on a petition filed by BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar.
Tanwar has alleged that Singh gave false information with regard to his educational qualification in the election affidavit.
Singh is the second AAP MLA after Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who is facing similar allegations over his educational qualification. The plea against Tomar was filed by another BJP leader, Nand Kishore Garg, who is seeking his disqualification as MLA.
Justice Hima Kohli sought response from the Delhi Cantonment MLA on Tanwar’s plea that Singh “misrepresented himself to be BA in 2012 from Sikkim University… which amounts to corrupt practice within the meaning of the Representation of the People’s Act 195.”
“It is submitted that if he was serving in NSG (Indian Army) till the year 2011, it is beyond comprehension that he would have graduated or undertaken and completed his alleged BA course in the year 2012,” the petition read.
Tanwar has based his allegation on an RTI reply received from the Sikkim University which said that it did not had any record of a student named Surender Singh. “As per the academic record of the year 2014-15 and all the past academic year’s there is no student by the name Surender Singh…” the RTI reply of the Sikkim University read.
“Singh has deprived the voters of Delhi Cantt of their valuable right to have full and complete information as to his background and qualification,” Tanwar said, seeking direction to summon the record of the election affidavit.
On Tanwar’s plea to declare Singh’s election from the Delhi Cantonment to be “void and the same be set aside,” the HC has sought response of Singh and posted the matter for further hearing in July.