Fake degree row: AAP legislator meets Delhi Police chief

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Delhi legislator Surender Singh of the AAP, who is embroiled in a row over fake degrees, on Tuesday evening met Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi at the police headquarters in a bid to surrender but was let off.

The Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Delhi Cantonment, accompnied by party leader Sanjay Singh, met Bassi around 4.45 p.m. but the police chief allowed him to go as the matter was sub judice.

Surender Singh, a former commando of the National Security Guard (NSG), told Bassi that police were treating him like a “delinquent” and putting pressure on him for interrogation.

Earlier in the day, Surender Singh at a press conference said even though his degrees were not fake, he would surrender before Delhi Police.

He said there was “just a technical error” related to his degree but it was not fake.

“There is just a technical error. Instead of my EIILM University (Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management), which is in Sikkim, the Sikkim University got printed on the affidavit. My degrees are not fake,” he said.

“They did not realise my degree is fake when I was fighting for the nation in Kargil and in 26/11, but as soon as I joined the Aam Aadmi Party, my ‘fake’ degrees came to limelight,” he said.

The Delhi High Court on Monday gave Surender Singh the last opportunity to file a response by August 6 to BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar’s petition over his allegedly furnishing false information about his educational qualification in a poll affidavit.

Tanwar in his petition said Surender Singh “misrepresented himself to be B.A. in 2012 from Sikkim University… which amounts to corrupt practice within the meaning of the Representation of the People Act”.

Surender Singh is the second AAP legislator – after erstwhile law minister Jitender Singh Tomar – to face allegations over educational qualifications.

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