Tomar’s bail plea rejected, sent to 2-week judicial custody

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2015 23:38 IST

A city court on Monday dismissed former Delhi law minister JS Tomar’s plea for bail and remanded him to Tihar Jail for two weeks.

It said that the allegations against the 49-year-old MLA were grave and serious in nature, especially in light of his status as a public official.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Tarun Yogesh extended Tomar’s judicial custody till July 6.

The Aam Aadmi Party member has been accused of falsifying his educational credentials and filing false documents before court.

He had earlier been sent from police custody— where he was for nearly three weeks -- to judicial custody on Sunday after the two-day period to interrogate him, granted to cops by the court, expired.

Cops had earlier said they needed to confront Tomar with several possible co-conspirators named Jai Narayan Yadav, Naval Kishor Singh, Bihar resident Madan Pratap Chauhan, and two others. These persons allegedly gave Tomar his forged degrees, cops said.

Special public prosecutor Atul Srivastava had also told the court that Tomar had been given a list of questions to answer, which he had not yet completed.

Meanwhile, in his bail plea filed through advocate Rajiv Khosla, Tomar had said he needed to be freed from jail to attend the Delhi Assembly Session, which starts on June 23.

On June 11, a sessions court had deferred the hearing on bail plea for Monday, saying the matter required objective consideration of records and had refused to grant him interim bail saying it would further “complicate” the matter.

Tomar, an MLA from Trinagar, was arrested by the Delhi Police following an FIR registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Bar Council of Delhi for allegedly forging documents, including educational degrees, to enroll as an advocate.

An FIR was registered against Tomar on June 8 at Hauz Khas police station and on the next day he was booked for the alleged offences of cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine, forgery with intent to cheat and criminal conspiracy.

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