New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claims it has new documents to prove that Prime Minister Narendra Modi lied about graduating from the Delhi University and that a degree published by newspapers recently is "fake".
The ruling BJP hit back saying that the allegations are "too silly to respond to".
Arvind Kejriwal had on Thursday wrote to the Delhi University urging it to put up details of PM Modi's degree on its website for the public and make sure that the degree documents were "safe".
A day later, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that such documents don't actually exist, that no "Narendra Damodar Modi" passed out of the university in 1978 as the PM had professed in his 2014 poll papers.
"His degree is fake, he never took an exam," said AAP's Ashutosh Friday.
"We checked the records of Delhi University from 1975 to 1980 at our level and have figured out that there is no person with the name Narendra Damodardas Modi who was awarded any degree," AAP leader Ashish Khetan claimed.
"There was a person who did his graduation from 1975 to 1978 but that was Narendra Kumar Mahavir Prasad Modi. He is a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan with October 19, 1958 as his date of birth," he alleged.
Referring to details of Narendra Modi's degree in a newspaper, Khetan said the information does not match the one available with Delhi University.
He said this was for the first time that any Prime Minister's academic qualification was under the scanner.
"Our investigations show that the degree is fake. This is a very serious crime and amounts to forgery," AAP leader Ashutosh said, adding that they also fear that the varsity records could be tampered with.
Khetan said Modi should be dealt with in a way similar to former AAP Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar was treated. Tomar was a Law Minister who was sacked over fake degree allegations and arrested.
"Police should take him to Delhi University and ask him to show the hall in which he appeared for exams. Everyone is equal before law. They should also follow a similar procedure the way it was adopted in the case of Tomar," Khetan said.
AAP leaders Ashutsoh and Sanjay Singh have also filed an RTI with Delhi University seeking copy of Modi's application form, copy of enrollment form in Modi's handwriting, copy of relevant register, copy of his marksheet of each year, copy of convocation list of 1979 and announcement list during convocation.
The Gujarat University Vice Chancellor in the last week had said Prime Minister Modi had done MA with 62.3 per cent marks. AAP leader Kejriwal countered the claim saying how can Modi get admission in MA when he is not even a graduate.