Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar told chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday that allegations about his degree being fake were unfounded.
“All allegations...are vehemently denied. There is not an iota of truth in these allegations,” Tomar said in a letter to Kejriwal.
The chief minister had asked Tomar to file an explanation after a Bihar-based university told the Delhi high court that his law degree was fake during a hearing in a petition against him. The submission in the court was followed by protests by both the Congress and the BJP.
HT had reported on Thursday that an RTI reply by a Faizabad college showed that even his undergraduate degree was fake.
Tomar, in his letter, said the allegations arose from political rivalry and an attempt to ruin his and the Aam Aadmi Party’s image.
The minister even attached a copy of his degrees, college marksheets as well as RTI replies given by KS Saket PG College, Ayodhya, Faizabad with the letter.
The copy of the RTI shows that the college attests to Jitender Singh Tomar having completed his BSc degree from there in 1988.
Tomar has also informed Kejriwal that once his name is cleared by the high court, he intends to file a defamation suit against BJP’s Nand Kishore Garg, who had filed the petition against him in the court.
Kejriwal had asked Tomar for a formal reply on the matter after Bihar’s Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University submitted an affidavit in Delhi high court that his provisional certificate was “fabricated and does not exist in the institution’s record”.
Tomar said the petitioners had provided a wrong roll number to the university which caused the confusion.
Tomar, MLA from Tri Nagar, accused Garg of playing tricks to win the assembly elections. “As it was getting clear that he (Nand Kishore Garg) was likely to lose his seat, he started resorting to dirty tricks to malign my name. When nothing else seemed to work, he filed an election petition in high court raising questions over the authenticity of my graduation and law degrees,” the letter said.
Tomar said documents furnished by Garg were incorrect. “Garg runs a couple of universities in Delhi as well as Himachal Pradesh and due to his contacts with other universities, he has been able to obtain certain documents by citing incorrect particulars. These documents have been cited as evidence in the election petition,” Tomar said.