In­dia says state law min­is­ter ar­rested for fake law de­gree

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

Po­lice said they ar­rested the New Delhi state law min­is­ter Tues­day for al­legedly hold­ing a fake de­gree in law and reg­is­ter­ing as an at­tor­ney in the In­dian cap­i­tal, a move strongly con­demned by the min­is­ter’s party.

Ji­ten­dra Singh To­mar faces charges of cheat­ing, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and forg­ing doc­u­ments, said po­lice spokesman Ra­jan Bha­gat. If con­victed, he could be jailed for up to seven years.

Ac­cord­ing to Bha­gat, To­mar said he ob­tained a law de­gree from a uni­ver­sity in Bi­har state, but po­lice found it to be fake. The Bar As­so­ci­a­tion of New Delhi reg­is­tered a po­lice com­plaint against To­mar on Tues­day.

Sev­eral In­dian politi­cians, in­clud­ing some in the gov­ern­ing Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, face sim­i­lar charges.

To­mar be­longs to the Aam Admi Party, or Com­mon Man Party, formed by anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sader Arvind Ke­jri­wal. The AAP won a mas­sive victory in elec­tions in New Delhi ear­lier this year, de­feat­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s BJP.

To­mar’s ar­rest was strongly con­demned by his party lead­ers, in­clud­ing Man­ish Siso­dia, who said po­lice should have waited for a ver­dict by the New Delhi High Court, which is hear­ing a pe­ti­tion against him and has sum­moned uni­ver­sity records.

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