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NewsGram Staff Writer
New Delhi: Two days after publicly dismissing a minister, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday warned all AAP legislators that no one would be spared if they indulge in corruption. Stressing on the need for value-based politics Kejriwal called a meeting of all the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators.
“We say that we have honest people in our cabinet but it pains whenever anyone is caught indulged in corrupt practices. We will not spare any MLA or party member if caught involved in corruption,” he said in the meeting which came after Food Minister Asim Ahmed Khan was sacked for allegedly demanding Rs.6 lakh in bribe from a builder.
Khan is the second minister in the AAP government to exit in disgrace. Earlier law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was forced to resign in June after police arrested him on charges of faking his educational degree.
During the meeting, Kejriwal made an emotional appeal to all legislators to opt for honest and value-based politics and think about their families before doing anything against the law.
“Please do think about your family before committing any misdeed. It will be a social embarrassment for one’s entire family if he is caught over the corruption charges,” he said, adding the entire system, the central government and police, was against the AAP government so the legislators should be ready to go to jail.
Family members of the AAP legislators also attended the meeting.
Addressing the gathering, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “It was a tough decision to sack Asim over corruption charges but the party will not shy away from repeating it.”
After the meeting, a legislator said, “MLAs shared their experiences. It was a get-together just like a family.”
Controversial leaders including Somnath Bharti, who was recently released on bail in a domestic violence case filed by his wife and Tomar also attended the meeting. Khan and Timarpur legislator Pankaj Pushkar were not invited.
Reacting at being left out, Pushkar told reporters, “This questions whether the real fight is against corruption or against some individuals.”
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken meanwhile hit out Kejriwal over Tomar’s presence.
“Kejriwal Ji (sic) with MLA family members on corruption & On High Table with Kejriwal is #FakeDegree Ex-Law Minister Tomar!” he tweeted.
The AAP has 67 legislators in the 70-member Delhi assembly.
(With inputs from IANS)
New Delhi: A court here on Friday extended the police custody of former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar for two days in the fake degree case, though the Aam Aadmi Party leader later moved a bail plea.
Delhi Police sought Tomar’s custody to confront him with Madan Pratap Chauhan, a man being interrogated in the case and some officials of the law college from where he claimed to have obtained his law degree.
Police told court that Tomar was yet to reply to various questions put to him regarding the case.
Metropolitan Magistrate Navjeet Budhiraja extended Tomar’s police custody and allowed Delhi police to quiz him till June 21, directed police not to seek his further custody.
Police arrested Tomar on June 9 and slapped a case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him.
They told court that a questionnaire containing over 200 questions was supplied to Tomar.
He replied to various questions but answers to some were still incomplete and his answers would help in getting to the final conclusion of the investigation, police added.
Tomar’s counsel opposed the police plea, saying there was no requirement of further police custody as police had already kept him under custody for 10 days. The case is based on documentary evidence, the counsel added.
Meanwhile, Tomar moved his bail plea in the court on Friday.
Justice Budhiraja asked Delhi Police to file reply on the bail plea and fixed the matter before the concerned magistrate on Monday.
On June 16, Tomar withdrew his bail plea from a sessions court saying he would file a fresh bail application on June 19.
By NewsGram Staff Writer
“Just as degrees of AAP MLA and former Delhi Minister Jitender Singh Tomar are being verified, a probe should be carried out into Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s degrees,” said Narendra Modi’s brother, Prahlad in an interaction with reporters in Ghaziabad.
AAP and Congress have been demanding the Centre to probe the charges of false educational qualification against Irani.
When asked about the controversy over the help extended to tainted former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi by Union Minister Sushma Swaraj for travel documents, Prahlad said that it was done on “humanitarian” grounds and the issue should not be unnecessarily hyped.
Prahlad also commented on the issue of black money. He said, “The central government is making all efforts. Black money stashed in India is far more than that in foreign countries.”
Prahlad, who is also the Vice-President of All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation (AIFPSDF) also said, “Just as grocery is distributed from ration shops, LPG cylinders should also be supplied through them so that the income of such dealers increases”, suggesting the sale of cylinders from ration shops.
By NewsGram Staff Writer
After a week of getting arrested for submitting fake academic records, Former Delhi Law Minister, Jitender Singh Tomar finally confessed to his act of forgery. He admitted that he had bought the degrees from two agents.
According to an English newspaper, during the questioning, he was forced to reveal that he had procured his B.Sc. and LLB degrees from two different agents in Delhi and Munger respectively. His LLB degree was drawn from Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bihar with the help of an agent named, Vinod while his B.Sc degree was hauled in the year 2001 from Awadh University, UP with the help of Madan.
In addition, Tomar also revealed that he was introduced to Vinod by his brother PS Tomar, who was a practising advocate. Also, Madan, who runs a private school in Shakarpur, was Tomar’s neighbour. In his defence, he further said that he did this only to be socially accepted. Being active in politics, he wanted to develop a career in politics for which he needed the degrees, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
Subsequently, Tomar’s remand has been extended by four days and he will now be interrogated on the network of agents he approached to buy the degrees. Police said, he will be questioned about the fake migration certificate too and a proper investigation will be conducted in the matter. They believe that extending Tomar’s days in custody will give them proper opportunity to probe further into the case.