Former law minister of Delhi Jitender Singh Tomar was granted bail on Thursday by a Delhi court. After spending over a month in jail, the court granted bail to Tomar on the condition that he will not travel outside the Capital without its permission.
Additional sessions judge Vimal Kumar Yadav granted Tomar’s bail plea on the condition that he deposit a personal bond of Rs 50,000 along with a surety of the amount. He added that the Aam Aadmi Party leader could not travel outside the national Capital without prior permission from the court and that Tomar was required to join police investigation as and when required.
On the last date of hearing, the court had reserved its order after hearing lengthy arguments from Tomar’s lawyers and the special public prosecutor Atul Srivastava.
During arguments, advocate Harshit Jain, appearing for Tomar, sought bail saying most evidences were documentary in nature and there was no question of him influencing the witnesses.
While seeking bail, Jain had said verification and analysis of documents was a lengthy process and there was no need for extending Tomar’s judicial custody.
Srivastava had opposed the bail plea on the ground that investigation was still on and Tomar could influence witnesses. He contended that several documents seized from different universities where Tomar allegedly pursued his LLB and BSc courses are yet to be verified and analysed.
A magisterial court had twice rejected Tomar’s bail pleas.
Tomar, an MLA from Trinagar, was arrested on June 9 following a probe by the Delhi police on the complaint of Bar Council of Delhi that he had obtained a fake law degree from a Bihar college.
An FIR was registered against Tomar on June 8 at Hauz Khas police station for alleged offences of cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine, forgery with intent to cheat and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.
Tomar had filed an election affidavit with the Election Commission claiming to be a law graduate. Investigations by the Delhi police proved that he had forged his degrees. During the course of the investigation he was taken to the university in Bihar, where Tomar claimed to have graduated from. The college had no details about him.