Setback for Smriti Irani, Delhi Court admits plea seeking action against her in educational qualification row

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Smriti-IraniIn a big setback for Union HRD minister Smriti Irani, a Delhi court has admitted a petition seeking action against her in the row over her educational degrees.

She has been accused of giving “false” information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed with the Election Commission. The case will be heard on August 28.

Earlier on June 1, Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain had reserved the order on the plea after hearing arguments on the aspect of limitation and whether cognisance can be taken or not.

The complaint was filed by freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who alleged that Irani in her three affidavits before the EC while filing nominations for her candidature for Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha polls had purportedly given different details about her educational qualification.

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

“It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Smriti Z Irani that at best only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,” the complaint alleged.

“The aforesaid affidavits of Smriti Irani, apart from the ostensibly false and discrepant statements in respect of her educational qualifications, also appear to contain false/discrepant statements in respect of immovable properties owned by her and other details set out by her,” it claimed.

“The aforesaid facts and circumstances reveal commission of offences by accused under section 125A of Representation of People Act, 1951, besides any other offences that may attract other penal provisions as an outcome of an additional investigation,” the plea alleged.