‘People should know that the so-called honest Kejriwal's desperation to win seats was so high that he ignored the cheating done by his candidate,’ says senior BJP leader.
The Delhi police has done its homework before raising a huge controversy,” says a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader in New Delhi about the arrest of Delhi law minister Jitendra Tomar on charges of cheating and fraud in obtaining his law degree.
The BJP leader alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party leader Tomar has “indeed got a fake law degree”. The police has arrested him to check if he paid for the "completely fake degree certificate" from the underground market where fake degrees are available for sale and also if he has full knowledge of the group that is behind the racket. The police would also like to know the address of the printing press where Tomar’s so-called fake degree certificate was printed.
The racket of printing fake certificates is not new in India, it's a pan-India crime that has been going on for years. The BJP leader also claimed that the police action has been done with a sense of responsibility and action was taken only after re-checking the dubious nature of Tomar’s certificate.
Asked why such a controversy was being raised when Delhi was reeling under a heat wave and there are other equally pressing civic issues, the BJP leader said, “People should know that the so-called honest Kejriwal's desperation to win seats was so high that he ignored the cheating done by his candidate."
Talking about the case of HRD Minister Smriti Irani's educational qualification, the BJP leader argued that the allegations against the Union minister cannot be compared to the Tomar case because Irani was facing the charge of providing " wrong information" (Irani had made condradictory declarations about her educational qualifications in her election affidavits in 2004 and 2014), while the allegations against Tomar was about "printing of fake degree certificate", submitting it before the Election Commission, and then becoming nothing less than the law minister in India's capital city on the basis of his "fake degree".
Image: Jitendra Tomar. Photograph: PTI Photo.