Deepening the crisis in Delhi government, reports on Tuesday quoted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) saying that the Delhi police have arrested Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar. Earlier reports did not confirm whether Tomar was arrested or detained for police questioning but it was later reported that he was arrested over the alleged fake law degree case.
PTI reported that the police arrested the Aam Aadmi Party leader from his house on Tuesday morning and took him to Hauz Khas police station for further questioning. Tomar was arrested on the basis of a criminal complaint filed by the Bar Council of India, according to CNN-IBN. Times Now reported that an FIR had been filed against Tomar at 3.30 am on Tuesday.
Tomar has been charged under various IPC Sections including 420 (cheating). Speaking to CNN-IBN and said, "I am with some inspectors who are taking me to the Hauz Khas police station without any notice."
He added that 30-40 police officers had come to his office to take him to the police station. "This is being done to tarnish the image of the AAP. This is political harassment," Tomar said.
Hitting out, AAP leader Sanjay Singh accused the Centre of using "pressure tactics" against the Delhi government.
"The concerned university has filed its reply in the court. It also recorded the statement that the degrees are genuine. Then why was he arrested?
"The Lt Governor, Delhi Police Commissioner and the Modi government are trying to scare us with such tactics. But we are not going to be scared. Our fight against corruption will continue," Singh said.
Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi refused to comment on the incident and said that he would give a statement only after receiving a full report.
BJP leader Nupur Sharma said that it was all a 'drama' by AAP and it was not sure whether Tomar had been arrested or just detained.
"It's too early to say. We don't really know if he has been arrested or detained," Sharma said. "The AAP is just playing on emotions and doing drama."
Hauz Khas police station in south Delhi was heavily barricaded and a large contingent of police deployed there.
Singh has also been charged with IPC sections 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery with purpose of cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), the sources said.
The arrest comes amid an escalating turf war between the AAP government and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi refused to respond to queries on the arrest. "I was in the meeting and I will seek details of his arrest before commenting," Bassi said.
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