In what could spell more trouble for the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government, a court Wednesday summoned party legislator Bhavna Gaur in a case filed against her for allegedly misrepresenting her educational qualification in election affidavits.
Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma summoned the Palam constituency MLA to appear before the court on October 1.
The complainant in the case, advocate Samarendra Nath Verma has alleged Gaur gave different information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed during Delhi Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015.
In the 2013 affidavit, she claimed to have studied up to Class XII, while in the affidavit for the 2015 election, she stated she was a graduate from Delhi University and held a Bachelor of Education degree from Maharshi Dayanand University, the complainant alleged.
“After perusal of the entire material on record and considering the submissions made by the complainant, the court finds prima facie sufficient grounds to proceed against Bhavna Gaur for committing offence under section 125 A of The Representation of the People Act. Accordingly, accused Bhavna Gaur be summoned,” the magistrate ordered.
Section 125-A of the act deals with penalty for filing false affidavit. If found guilty, an accused can be sentenced to imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or penalty, or both. It is also alleged that Gaur mentioned in “her handwriting” in the 2013 affidavit that her highest qualification was “12th passed” and in the 2015 affidavit, she mentioned her “highest qualification as B.A & B.Ed”.
“It is beyond understanding that within a span of 14 months she attained qualification of B.A & B.Ed, whereas nominal time for finishing the aforesaid course would be five years, as three years for B.A and two years fro B.Ed,” the complainant alleged.