Smriti Irani degree row: Patiala House Court asks EC to authenticate her certificates

DELHI: The Patiala House Court asked the Election Commission to authenticate Smriti Irani’s certificates. The Court also said it adjourns the matter till 15 October.

Earlier, Irani had given information about her educational qualifications in affidavits to the Election Commission to contest various elections. In June last year, a case was filed by freelance writer Ahmed Khan, who accused Irani of providing contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different elections. Khan’s lawyer had informed the court that Irani, in her affidavit for 2004 Lok Sabha elections, stated her educational qualification as B.A. from Delhi University (school of correspondence). However, while filing affidavit in her Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Gujarat in 2011, she said her highest educational qualification was, Part 1 (correspondence course) from Delhi University.