Delhi court admits petition challenging academic credentials of HRD Minister Smriti Irani

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015,17:22 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A Delhi court today admitted a petition challenging the academic credentials of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and and fixed August 28 as the date for the next hearing.
It was alleged that Ms Irani has given false information about her educational qualifications in her affidavits to the Election Commission.
Earlier this month, Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain had reserved the order on the plea after hearing arguments on whether cognizance of the case can be taken.
Freelance journalist Ahmer Khan, the complainant, has sought action against the minister for allegedly lying on oath about her educational qualification.
Khan’s lawyer had told the court that Ms Irani declared herself to be a 1996 batch B A graduate from Delhi University in her affidavit filed in the 2004 Lok Sabha election. But in her 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, she stated she had done B Com Part I in 1994 from Delhi University.
Khan’s counsel said, It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Irani that at best, only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,. The petition added that Ms Irani had also lied on oath about her assets and sought action against the Minister for offences under the Representation of the People Act.