Smriti Irani Fake Degree Case | Verdict likely today

A trial court today is likely to pronounce its order on a complaint against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly giving false information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed with the Election Commission. On June 1, Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain had reserved the order on the plea after hearing arguments on the aspect of limitation and whether cognizance can be taken or not. The complaint was filed by freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who said that there were several discrepancies in Irani’s affidavits filed before the EC. According to the complaint, in her three affidavits before the EC while filing nominations for her candidature for Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha polls, Irani had purportedly given different details about her educational qualifications. Senior advocate KK Manan, appearing for Khan, had told the court that in her affidavit for April 2004 Lok Sabha polls Irani had said that she completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University (school of correspondence) whereas in another affidavit of July 11, 2011 for contesting Rajya Sabha elections from Gujarat she said her highest qualification was B.Com first year from the School of Correspondence, DU. The complaint said 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 first year from School of Open Learning, DU. “It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Smriti Irani that at best only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,” the complaint said. The complaint also said that Irani not only lied on oath about her educational qualifications but also lied about other facts such as her assets when she filed her nomination papers for contesting elections. “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.” “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 said.
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