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Fake Degree Scam Creates Ripples in AAP; 'Upset' Kejriwal May Expel Tomar From Party

Sources said party chief Arvind Kejriwal is upset with the latest developments and is even contemplating to expel him from the party.

Published: 12th June 2015 11:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2015 01:00 PM   |  A+A-

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The arrest of former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh over fake degree scam seems to have created ripples in the Aam Admi Party with reports claiming that party chief Arvind Kejriwal is upset with the latest developments.

Reports say that the party is contemplating to expel the leader.

"We have zero tolerance on such issues. He was given a fair opportunity but the general feeling is that he tried to mislead the party. There's a possibility of his expulsion from the party," a senior leader was quoted as saying by PTI.

The issue has been referred to the AAP's internal Lokpal and action would be take after the body submits its report.

There were also reports that the party has withdrawn the services of its legal cell head HS Phoolka as Tomar's lawyer but it could not be immediately confirmed as the former is in London.

Meanwhile Tomar will be taken to Bhagalpur in Bihar today for further interrogation in the case.

A Delhi court had on Thursday refused to grant interim bail to the AAP leader saying any immediate relief to him will further "complicate" the matter. The court also had directed the Delhi police to conduct thorough probe into the alleged fake degree case.

Tomar was arrested on June 9 and was remanded to four-day police custody.

The court also asked the police to place on record every detail of the case which would surface during its probe to ensure a fair trial.

Tomar had earlier been taken to the Saket Degree College in Faizabad where documents were being examined, police said.

The RML Awadh University, from where he claimed to have graduated, has denied having any such record. A Delhi Police team had examined documents at the Awadh University Registrar's office and taken them in a sealed cover.

Delhi Police has claimed that a nearly month-long investigation found that Tomar not only submitted fake science graduation degree and law mark sheets to register with the Bar Council of Delhi but forged a migration certificate also. The possibility of an organised racket behind the alleged fake degrees is being probed, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said.



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