NewDelhi/Nagpur: Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar has been arrested by the Delhi Police following allegations that he had faked his law degree.
The minister has been taken to the Hauz Khas Police station. A First Information Report was registered by the Delhi Police last night, sources told media.
Though the BJP and Congress has been demanding Mr Singh’s resignation since April, in the wake of the allegations, and the Bar Council had demanded an inquiry, the arrest is being seen as a fresh twist in the face-off between the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi government.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, who tweeted that the minister had been arrested without any prior notice, blamed the Narendra Modi government. The Delhi Police is under the control of the Home ministry and the AAP claims the Centre is trying to rule Delhi by proxy, through the Lieutenant Governor.
“What are the Delhi Police and the Narendra Modi government doing? They arrested the law minister of Delhi like a common criminal… this is pressure tactics,” Mr Singh told media.
The temporary truce between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung ended on Tuesday after Mr Jung appointed a Joint Commissioner in the Delhi Police, MK Meena, to the capital’s Anti-Corruption Branch or ACB.
Furious, the Aam Aadmi Party called it an “illegal appointment” and threatened to move court.