New Delhi: Caught in a row over his educational degrees, AAP MLA Surinder Singh on Tuesday presented to the Delhi Police chief documents of his qualifications and said he was "available" for arrest in the matter in which, he claimed, he was rather the "victim" than an "offender".
Singh said he had appeared for examinations in 2009, 2010 and 2011 from Eiilm University, Sikkim, and was awarded a BA degree in 2012. He also admitted that there was a "typo" error in the affidavit even as his party alleged that police was targeting its leaders.
The Delhi Cantt MLA, who met police commissioner BS Bassi along with senior party leader Sanjay Singh, said he also offered to "surrender" before the law enforcing agency in the case.
"I showed him (Bassi) my documents. I also told him that I gave exams in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the university came under the scanner in April, 2015. Why should I be blamed for it? This is a political conspiracy by my opponents.
"If police still think there is a need to arrest me, then I am available for it," he said after meeting Bassi.
Earlier in the day, Singh, a former NSG commando who combated terrorists during the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, addressed a news conference along with Sanjay Singh where they charged that the police was targeting AAP.
Sanjay Singh said Surinder was a "victim" in the case and not an "offender".
"The Centre is trying to suppress AAP by arresting our leaders and MLAs. Narendra Modi had resorted to similar tactics in Gujarat. There are several FIRs registered against BJP leaders, but the police is showing promptness only in arresting Surinder Singh and AAP leaders.
"In this case, Surinder Singh is a victim and not an offender. The university has issued degrees to thousands of students. If the university turns out to be dubious, then the MLA cannot be blamed for that," Sanjay Singh said.
Singh has claimed he has not submitted any false documents. Incidentally, Delhi High Court yesterday gave him a last opportunity to file his response to a petition by BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar alleging that the legislator has a fake graduation degree.
"I was awarded the degree in 2012. I have not submitted any fake degree. But yes, I have made a mistake in my affidavit. While mentioning about the degree in the affidavit,
I mentioned it as Sikkim University while it should have been Eiilm Sikkim University.
"So, if anyone files an RTI application with Sikkim University, they will not find any record of my name. That does not mean that my degree is fake, as I have passed out from Eiilm Sikkim University," the MLA said, displaying his medals on his jacket.
Updated Date: Jul 14, 2015 22:27 PM