Fearing arrest in a fake degree row, AAP MLA Commando Surender Singh, along with a senior party leader, “surrendered” at Delhi Police Headquarters. The Delhi Cantonment MLA is accused of acquiring a fake degree and providing misleading information.
Before heading to Delhi Commissioner BS Bassi’s office senior party leader Sanjay Singh said, “We expect that he will be arrested.” Taking a similar stand to that of arrested ex-law minster Tomar’s case, the AAP alleged that Delhi police is after the party MLAs on the orders of the BJP. The party took to the micro blogging site, Twitter, to vent its anger, “ Bassi arrest all 67 MLAs of AAP, let the nation know that BJP’s frustration due to assembly election loss.” Defending Surender, the party maintained that he is innocent and had been cheated by the university like lakhs of other students.
The whole fake degree controversy rises from the affidavit filed by him during the 2015 Delhi assembly election. Surender’s affidavit says that, he had done his graduation in 2012 from Sikkim University instead of EIILM University, Sikkim. However, the lawmaker in a press conference, justifying his stand, said, “I have not submitted any fake degree. I made a mistake by entering the wrong university but I do have a degree and have passed out from a university.”
Also, the Delhi Cant. MLA’s statement innocently puts the AAP in a very uncomfortable position, which is whether the Party even bothered to do the basic cross verification before fielding its candidates for the election. Two AAP MLAs, ex-law minister Jitendra Tomar and Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar are already in jail. Tomar was arrested in fake degree row and Kumar is facing charges in a land forgery case.