Who is Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar?

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New Delhi, June 9: The AAP government in Delhi added one more dent to its credit when the law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested by the Delhi police, over fake degree row. He was taken to Hauz Khas police station.

Let's know more about him and the fake degree controversy surrounding him: [Fake degree case: Police arrests Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, AAP calls it conspiracy]

  • 49-year-old Tomar represents Tri Nagar in the sixth legislative assembly of Delhi.
  • Born on April 12, 1966, in Fatehpur village of Etah district in Uttar Pradesh, Tomar did his schooling from Delhi  and Uttar Pradesh.
  • A former Congress man, Tomar joined AAP in 2013. In 2013, he lost from Tri Nagar constituency but in 2015, he won by a margin of 22,311 votes, defeating BJP's sitting MLA Nand Kishore Garg. Tomar had got 34,161 votes.
  • He holds multiple portfolios like home and law and justice as well as tourism, art and culture.
  • In his constituency, Tomar is known to have worked on issues like sanitation, closure of open drains, parking problem, cheap water, water pipelines water-logging and power. He also plans to establish a government hospital in his constituency.
  • Tomar has been living in Delhi since last 17 years. He holds 20 years of experience as a social worker.
  • In an interview with a leading daily, Tomar revealed why he quit Congress. He said that he was feeling suffocated in the party and was looking for an alternative and that is why he joined Aam Aadmi Party. He also alleged that Congress gives opportunities to those who belong to rich and influential parties.
  • Tomar has assets worth Rs 1,07,24,369 crore.

Tomar's fake degree controversy

  • As a self-employed lawyer, Tomar has enrolled himself with the Bar Council of Delhi.
  • As far as his educational qualification is concerned, his election affidavit claims that he obtained LL.B. degree from the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bihar in 1999.
  • Tomar also claims that he holds a valid law degree from the Chaudhary Charan Singh University.
  • Surprisingly, even Tilak Manjhi Bhagalpur University submitted its inquiry report to the Delhi High Court saying that there was "no record of his law degree".
  • On Feb 6, Delhi High Court issued him a notice over allegations that he enrolled as an advocate on a "false and bogus" degree.

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