NEW DELHI: Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar of the Aam Aadmi Party was arrested by the Delhi Police this morning. He is at a police station in Vasant Vihar and will be taken to court soon.
Police sources said an FIR was registered last night against Mr Tomar on charges of cheating, forgery and conspiracy. He faces allegations that he faked his law degree.
The Aam Aadmi Party or AAP government in Delhi has slammed the BJP-led central government alleging a political conspiracy to stymie the Delhi government. “There is an emergency-like situation in Delhi,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. He asked how Mr Tomar could be arrested when the matter is being heard in court.
He also questioned the manner in which the minister was arrested. “Is he the mafia, was he running away?” Mr Sisodia asked. AAP has said Mr Tomar was arrested without prior notice.
About 30-40 policemen took Mr Tomar away this morning when he was addressing people in his constituency. AAP has alleged that they took him away on the pretext of getting some documents and then drove him to the Hauz Khas police station. They later shifted him to the Vasant Vihar police station.
Outside both police stations were barricades and other signs of security preps. Police chief BS Bassi thus raised eyebrows when he said after the arrest, “I have no information yet with me. I was in a meeting.”
The arrest came as a complete surprise to the Aam Aadmi Party government, which went into a huddle in an emergency meeting called at the Delhi secretariat by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
AAP sources alleged that the order to arrest Mr Tomar was signed by the Lieutenant Governor of Dellhi, Najeeb Jung, who represents the Centre.
Mr Jung has been in a protracted turf battle with the Delhi government over the appointment of key officials. They have recently warred over control of the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi government.
The Congress has demanded that Mr Tomar and also Mr Kejriwal should resign. “Law has taken its course,” said Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay.
2015 Kashmir Despatch