BJP accuses another AAP legislator of forged degree

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) The BJP on Wednesday accused another Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator of allegedly giving false information about his educational qualification in the election affidavit.

A day after Delhi’s law minister Jitender Singh Tomar resigned over an alleged fake degree case, Bharatiya Janata Party’s former law-maker Karan Singh Tanwar said he has filed a complaint that the educational certificate of AAP MLA Surender Singh is forged.

“I had already met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi, deputy commissioner of police and gave them a written complaint along with all relevant papers in connection with the forged, fake and frivolous degree of AAP MLA Surender Singh,” Tanwar said here on Wednesday.

“A criminal case must be registered against Surender Singh and he should be arrested immediately,” he said.

The Delhi High Court on a petition oif Tanwar on May 19 issued notice to Surender Singh for allegedly giving false information about his educational qualifications in the election affidavit.

Tanwar said that a reply obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) query from the Sikkim University said it did not have any record of a student named Surender Singh.

“As per the academic record of the year 2014-15 and all the past academic years, there is no student by the name Surender Singh,” said the RTI reply.

Tanwar sought the court’s directions to declare Singh’s election “void and the same be set aside”.

“Singh has deprived the voters of Delhi Cantt. their valuable right of having full and complete information as to his background and qualification,” Tanwar said.

Delhi BJP media convenor Pravin Shankar Kapoor told IANS: “AAP has only such destructive elements… The BJP has no role in this controversy. One of the AAP volunteers had given the detailed information about Singh’s alleged fake educational qualification.”

Tomar was arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday and is currently in a four-day police remand.

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