A fresh petition was filed on Tuesday against Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani in the Delhi High Court, ANI reported. According to the report, the petitioner had alleged that the Union Minister had submitted contradictory information in respect of her educational qualifications in different affidavits. The petitioner Ahmer Khan, is reported to have filed a similar petition in a trial court earlier but that had been rejected. The trial court had found Ahmer Khan’s complaint to have been filed with the intention of harassing Irani as the primary records of Universities would have been lost due to the passage of time, ANI reported.
The Delhi High Court, however, sought the case record from the trial court and reportedly has fixed September 13 as the next date of hearing. Smriti Irani’s educational qualification had come under severe scrutiny after she had contested in the 2004 and 2014 general elections. ANI reports that the Section 125A of the RPA dealt with a penalty for the filing of a false affidavit and could result in a jail term of up to 6 months or both. Harvinder Singh, the Metropolitan Magistrate had reserved the order following the submission of the documents by the Election Commission in a sealed cover. The documents contained the educational degrees submitted by Smriti Irani before contesting in the 2004 general elections.
The Union Minister had provided documents about her educational degrees in the affidavits to the Election Commission for contesting in various elections. After the direction by the court, the Delhi University had also submitted that Irani’s documents that pertained to the Union Minister’s BA course in 1996, as mentioned by her in the affidavit filed during 2004 general elections, were yet to be found.