NEW DELHI — A court here on Monday extended by four days the police custody of Delhi's former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar, who has been arrested in a fake degree case.
The court order came after Delhi Police submitted that Tomar's custody is required to ascertain the facts related to a migration certificate obtained by Bundelkhand University. Police accused the former minister of a obtaining a forged certificate.
Metropolitan Magistrate Preeti Parewa allowed Delhi Police to quiz Tomar till June 19.
The accused was presented before court after expiry of his two-day police remand.
Delhi Police arrested Tomar last Tuesday and slapped a case of cheating, forgery and conspiracy against him. He subsequently resigned from the Arvind Kejriwal government.
Appearing for police, public prosecutor Atul Shrivastava requested court to grant eight days' police custody, saying that questioning of accused is required to ascertain various facts related to his studies.
The court was told that Tomar is required to be confronted with university officials and the students of the institute to ascertain whether he had studied in the college or not.
To ascertain the facts, police sought his custody for taking him to Bundelkhand and Bhagalpur, as well to find the materials, especially the seal, used in preparing the forged documents.
Police said Tomar has been repeatedly saying he did not remember whenever asked about the college faculties and the place where he used to reside during his student days.
Defence counsel Rajiv Khosla opposed the plea, saying that police have not put any fresh facts while seeking custody of his client and were reiterating the same points.
He said the case was based on documentary evidence and hence no further custody of the accused was required.
Noting that the principal of the college from where Tomar claims to have done his law education has already admitted that his client was the student there, he accused police for planting false evidence against his client.