Smriti Irani controversy: 4 top facts

May 29 2014, 13:40 IST
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Smriti Irani faces a scary prospect as Supreme Court had ruled that false disclosures carry consequences. (PTI) Smriti Irani faces a scary prospect as Supreme Court had ruled that false disclosures carry consequences. (PTI)
SummaryA controversy is raging over how HRD minister Smriti Irani's her educational qualifications.

A controversy is raging over how HRD minister Smriti Irani's her educational qualifications. While opposition politicians are taking pot shots are her, the row has serious consequences for her as in 2012, the Supreme Court had ruled that false disclosures in an affidavit can be a ground for rejection of a candidate's nomination.

Here are some points:

1. Smriti Irani has given contradictory declarations in her affidavits in 2004 and 2014 when she contested Lok Sabha election from two different constituencies.

2. While contesting in 2004 elections from Chandni Chowk in Delhi, the actor-turned politician had claimed that she had a Bachelor of Arts degree.

3. She wrote 'B.A. 1996 Delhi University (School of Correspondence)' in column which seeks details of University education and the year in which course was completed.

4. In the same column of the affidavit filed in the 2014 elections from Amethi, Smriti Irani has said, 'Bachelor of Commerce Part-1, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi-1994'.

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