Having failed to finish his graduation from two Delhi University colleges, former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was “desperate to get a degree”, reads the 54,000-page chargesheet filed by Delhi police.
In a chargesheet filed in a Delhi court, police said Tomar forged documents and obtained fake mark sheets since he could not finish his formal college education. Apart from the former AAP minister, 16 others have been chargesheeted in the case.
“Tomar studied only till class 12. He obtained a fake BSc degree from Awadh University, Faizabad, in 1986-87. Later he got admission in the Munger Law college affiliated to Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University (TMBU). However, neither he attended classes nor did he appear for any exams. As per the university’s record, Tomar was declared failed but he was still given a law degree,” reads the chargesheet.
Those accused of forgery in the case includes the former principal of Munger Law College, Surinder Kumar Singh. Members of the examination department of the university and clerical staff have also been charged in the case.
An FIR was registered against Tomar on June 8, 2015 at Hauz Khas police station on a complaint by Bar Council of Delhi. The bar body alleged that Tomar submitted fake academic documents, including marksheets, BSc degree, provisional documents and law degree in 2010, to get himself registered as a lawyer. He is currently on bail.
Tomar was booked under cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine, forgery with intent to cheat and criminal conspiracy under the IPC. He was arrested on June 9.
Police said that Tomar got admission at Delhi University’s Shivaji College in 1983-84 in BSc but he left studies after first year. Later, he pursued BA (Pass) course in 1985 from Delhi University’s Rajdhani College but again left midway.
“Since he could not succeed in getting a degree formally, Tomar used illegal means to get fake documents/degrees, marksheets, RTI replies, etc,” said the chargesheet.
Police said while the migration certificate at Munger Law college should have been registered in three months, in Tomar’s case, the certificate was registered after seven years. Also, Bundelkhand University(from where he showed to have migrated) officials told police that they did not issue any such certificate to Tomar.
Police also mentioned in the chargesheet that both signatures -- on admission papers in the Munger college and on the affidavit at the bar council -- were found to be that of Tomar. The signatures were examined at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) laboratory. Police said it shows that Tomar deliberately cheated to obtain the law degree.