Former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who claims to have graduated from an Uttar Pradesh university in 1988, was in fact a student at the city’s Rajdhani College during the time but failed to get a degree as he dropped out in the final year, HT has learnt.
Tomar, in police custody in a case of cheating and forging college degrees, enrolled for BA (pass course) with the Delhi University’s Rajdhani College in 1985, records show.
“In the year 1985 he enrolled with our college and used to attend classes. His name and roll number are there in the university and college records,” a college official told HT on condition of anonymity.
While the DU BA was a three-year course, the Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University’s science degree would have come at the end of two years.
Going by DU records and his claims, Tomar was an undergraduate student at two different universities at the same time for more than a year.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader’s lawyer HS Phoolka was not available for comments. When contacted, an AAP spokesperson said the party had nothing new to add and would continue to cooperate with the police.
The police were verifying Tomar’s roll numbers, exam admit cards, marksheets, and other documents for the 1985-1987 period handed over to them by the college and DU, sources said.
The revelations come a day after the Tri Nagar legislator struggled to identify the Uttar Pradesh college he claimed to have graduated from.
At Rajdhani College, Tomar studied history, English, Hindi and political science as main subjects. He failed one of these subjects in his first year (1985-86) that was carried over to the second year, sources said. In the second year, he failed two main subjects, which were carried over to the third year. He dropped out of the college in his final year – 1987-88 – though he attended a few classes.
In allowing carryover of subjects, students get a chance to re-sit the exam without being held back in the class.
“Tomar appeared in the first and second year examinations but did not sit the ones for the final year,” the college official said. Sources said the police got in touch with the college after they were told that Tomar was a student at DU.
Tomar was arrested on June 9 on a Delhi bar council’s complaint of using fake documents to register as an advocate. He quit as the law minister the same day adding to the growing number of controversies that the four-month-old Delhi government finds itself caught in.