Smriti Irani’s degree row: Court asks EC, DU to bring records

The court has now fixed the matter for May 3 for further proceedings and asked the officials to bring complete documents on that day.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2016 2:05 am
HRD Minister Smriti Irani. (Express Photo by Anil Sharma) HRD Minister Smriti Irani. (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)

The Election Commission and Delhi University (DU) Wednesday directed by a court here to bring the documents related to records of educational qualification of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani against whom a complaint was filed for allegedly giving false information in affidavits to the poll panel.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh noted that in pursuance to court’s earlier order, the representatives of the commission and the university have not brought the complete documents today and some additional papers were required in the case.

The court has now fixed the matter for May 3 for further proceedings and asked the officials to bring complete documents on that day.

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The court had on November 20 last year allowed the plea of the complainant seeking a direction to the officials of EC and DU to bring records of Irani’s educational qualification after he said he was unable to place them before the court.

It, however, had declined the submission of complainant Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer, seeking direction to the CBSE to bring Irani’s class 10th and 12th records.

The complainant had claimed in court that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed before the poll panel and not given any clarification despite concerns being raised on the issue.

Khan had alleged that Irani had knowingly furnished misleading information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed before EC and that a candidate deliberately giving incorrect details can be punished under the provisions of IPC and under section 125A of Representation of the People Act (RPA).

Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of upto six months or fine or both.

The court on June 24 last year had taken cognizance of the complaint which accused Irani of furnishing false information about her academic qualifications in the affidavits filed before the EC in 2004, 2011 and 2014.

The complainant had earlier claimed in court that in her affidavit for April 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Irani had said shecompleted her BA in 1996 from DU (School of Correspondence), whereas in another affidavit of July 11, 2011 to contest Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, she had said her highest educational qualification was B.Com Part I from the School of Correspondence, DU.

The complaint also alleged that in the affidavit filed for nomination of April 16, 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Irani said she had completed Bachelor of Commerce Part-I from School of Open Learning, DU.

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    Sandeep
    Mar 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm
    Why waste taxpayers' money. She is PhD in acting. Her performances are superb.
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      TIHAEwale
      Mar 16, 2016 at 11:41 pm
      To a large extent degree does not matter. She is a treat to hear on all fronts even though many a times it is found subsequently she has many a times not spoken truth but school children should pick up the positives like she has no stage fear. of course it is a different matter she heads HRD where many a times her bluff gets exposed
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      1. Abhijit Bhattacharya
        Mar 16, 2016 at 10:47 pm
        BJP is now creating fake professorial IDs too...lol
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          arun
          Mar 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm
          Every one knows that Smriti Irani is a MATRICULATE. In April 2004 she had lied. Mohan Bhagwat has forgiven her for the false affidavit of 2004 and appointed heer as the HRD Minister of India. Mohan Bhagwat is the ruler of the nation. No one has the right to question him.
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            Indian
            Mar 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm
            But this is a promised party with difference
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