A Delhi court on Sunday sent former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar to one-day judicial custody in Tihar Jail. Tomar has been in police custody since his arrest on June 9 in the alleged fake degree scam and been taken to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where he claims to have studied. His remand expired on Sunday.
The Delhi Police informed the court that it does not require Tomar’s custody for the purpose of questioning, after which metropolitan magistrate Ankit Singla remanded Tomar to a day’s custody. “In the circumstances, investigating officer submitted that the accused be sent to one day judicial custody as his presence is required for taking specimen signatures,” Singla said.
Replying to police’s application seeking Tomar’s specimen signature for the ongoing investigation, the magistrate recused himself from giving any orders on the plea.
“I have already conveyed my request to chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM) to recuse me from deciding the applications in the case due to personal reasons. Therefore, I can’t become witness to the factum of taking specimen signatures of the accused,” the magistrate said.
The court also transferred Tomar’s bail plea listed for Monday to the CMM.
Earlier during the hearing, police told the court that Tomar should be sent to 14-days judicial custody.
The magistrate, however, said that since the application for specimen signature has been moved by police, Tomar can be sent to one day remand and be produced before the CMM where the police application will be decided.
After Tomar was granted judicial custody, through his advocate Harshit Jain, he sought directions to the jail superintendent and the court lock-up incharge that he be given a separate ward to stay in and be taken in a separate van to the jail due to security reasons.
The court accepted Tomar’s plea and directed the jail superintendent to make the arrangements.
(With PTI inputs)