Najeeb Jung gives permission for arrest; university claims the minister is not on its student rolls.
Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar was on Tuesday arrested in connection with the ongoing row over the authenticity of his academic degree.
Information about Mr. Tomar's arrest emerged after senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh tweeted about his detention around 11 a.m.
Mr. Tomar had been booked under Sections pertaining to cheating and fraud after a university from Bhagalpur in Bihar submitted to a city court that he was not on its student rolls despite having a degree seemingly issued by it.
The police claimed it had sought Mr. Tomar's time and asked him to join investigation pertaining to the case on several occasions but the latter had not made himself available.
A senior police officer said permission from Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung was sought and given, prior to Mr. Tomar's arrest as per protocol.
"I'm in a car, being taken to the Vasant Vihar police station," Mr. Tomar was understood to have told his aides as per police sources.
Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi said he had no information about the minister's arrest.
Mr. Tomar would be produced at Saket Court at eve.