Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar on Tuesday denied charges that his provisional law certificate was "fabricated" and said he would soon get all the records and make everything clear.
"All the allegations made against me are baseless. If I would have committed anything wrong then I would not have been constantly coming to my office. Very soon I will get all my records from the university and make everything clear," Tomar told reporters in the Delhi secretariat.
Tomar also holds the portfolios of tourism, art and culture, as well as home.
Earlier on Tuesday, Congress leader Ajay Maken said on Twitter: "AAP Delhi law minister's law degree found fake. Should be sacked immediately and vacate assembly seat for fresh election!"
His comments came after a Bihar-based university from where Tomar claimed to have obtained his degree, on Monday told the Delhi high court that the provisional certificate was not "genuine" and "does not exist in the university's record".
The university’s report said the serial number of the provisional certificate in the record showed the name of some other person and not that of Tomar. The university was responding to the notice issued by the court on a plea alleging that Tomar got himself enrolled as an advocate on the basis of a “false and bogus” graduation degree.
An Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson told HT that Tomar will respond to the allegation in court. “It is a sub judice matter, and we are not going to comment on it.”
For Tomar — who is currently holding additional charge of tourism and art and culture — it is not the first allegation over his educational certificates.
Earlier, an RTI query to Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, where Tomar had claimed to obtain an undergraduate degree in science, also revealed that it did not have any records of granting any degree to him. The university said that the undergraduate degree, marksheets and roll number submitted by Tomar at the time of his admission to the LLB course were “completely fake”.
BJP leader Nand Kishore Garg, who had fought the Assembly polls earlier this year against Tomar, dragged him to court, claiming that he made wrong declaration of his educational qualification in the nomination papers.
The HC asked the Election Commission to preserve all the documents filed during the assembly polls by Tomar and submit them in a sealed cover before it.
Making a false declaration in the affidavit is an offence under Section 125A if the Representation of People Act, punishable with imprisonment up to six months, or with fine, or both.
Last month, the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) issued notice to the minister on a complaint alleging that he used forged and fabricated documents to enroll himself as an advocate. The bar council initiated an inquiry after it received a complaint from advocate Ripudaman Singh Bhardwaj seeking cancellation of Tomar’s registration as an advocate and initiation of criminal proceedings.