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Smriti Irani’s degree: court asks for complete records

Delhi: A Metropolitan Magistrate’s court here on Wednesday summoned complete documents on educational qualification of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, against whom a complaint was filed for allegedly giving false information in affidavits submitted to the Election Commission.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh directed the Election Commission and Delhi University to submit complete documents related to the records of the Minister, while observing that the representatives of the two bodies had not brought all papers and additional documents were required.

The court posted the case to May 3 for further proceedings on the complaint filed by Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer, who had alleged that Ms. Irani had given “discrepant information” about her educational qualification in different affidavits filed before the poll panel.

He said the Minister had not given any clarification even after concerns were raised on the issue.

The court had on November 20 last year allowed the plea seeking a direction to the officials of EC and DU to bring records of Ms. Irani’s educational qualification.

The complainant said that a candidate deliberately giving incorrect details to the EC could be punished under Indian Penal Code as well as Section 125-A of Representation of the People Act.

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