The Election commission submitted the required documents to the Patiala House Court in the fake degree case of former HRD Minister Smriti Irani. The court is to pronounce an order in the case on October 18. Earlier on October 7, a court had asked the Delhi State Election Commission for the submission of certain documents related to the educational qualification of the actor-turned-politician. The required documents were the same that Irani had submitted during the 2004 general elections, after a complaint that she had provided the Election Commission with false information. Magistrate Harvinder Singh, who was to pronounce the order on if Irani was to summon for being accused in the case, had directed the EC officials to submit the required documents after pointing out that a few clarifications were necessary for the matter.
During the initial hearings on the complains filed by Ahmer Khan, that the documents filed by Irani were revealed to be untraceable by the poll panel officials. In accordance with the court orders, the DU had filed the documents of Irani’s BA course in 1996. Earlier on November 20, last year, the court had allowed Ahmer Khan’s plea, that sought direction to the EC and DU officials to submit Irani’s qualifications since he was unable to bring it to the court.
The complainant had alleged that Irani had intentionally given wrong information regarding her educational qualifications in all the affidavits filed during 2004, 2011, and 2014. He had also said that despite court orders and warnings, the Minister had not given any clarifications on the matter. The section 125A and RPS of the Indian Penal Code deal with a penalty for filling a falsified affidavit and can land the accused in the jail for up to 6 months or fine or both.