1. Smriti Irani fake degree row: Twitteratti question Delhi court decision

Smriti Irani fake degree row: Twitteratti question Delhi court decision

As Delhi's Patiala House Court on Tuesday dismissed the fake degree case against Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, a lot of social media users responded, questioning the decision.

By: | Published: October 18, 2016 5:49 PM
smriti irani, smriti irani fake degree, smriti irani degree, smriti irani court, patiala house court, smriti irani case, smriti irani news, smriti irani twitter, smriti irani fake degree case Former HRD Minister, Smriti Irani had come under scanner after a case was filed against her by a freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who had alleged that Irani had provided false information regarding her educational qualifications in her affidavit to the Election Commission of India.(PTI)

As Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Tuesday dismissed the fake degree case against Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani, a lot of social media users responded, questioning the decision. The former Human Resources Development Minister had come under scanner after a case was filed against her by a freelance writer Ahmer Khan, who had alleged that Irani had provided false information regarding her educational qualifications in her affidavit to the Election Commission of India. The Delhi court observed that the complaint was filed ‘to harass Smriti Irani’ and dismissed the case on the ground that the complaint was delayed by 11 years and Delhi University does not have the original documents.

The Textile Minister’s educational qualifications came under scanner after she contested the 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections. While Delhi University had submitted documents as per Court’s direction and announced Irani a pass out of B A course in 1996, Smriti stated her highest qualification to be B.com, part 1 from Delhi University in her Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Gujarat. This became a point of contradiction. Meanwhile many questioned the decision, asking why there is a bias between different political parties when the case of educational qualifications are the same (hinting at AAP MLA’s).

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The complainant had alleged that Smriti Irani had knowingly provided misleading information about her qualifications and if a candidate, deliberately furnishes incorrect details, could be punished under Section 125A in The Representation of the People Act, 1951.

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