Published On : Tue, Oct 18th, 2016

Fake degree row: Court dismisses case against Smriti Irani


New Delhi/Nagpur: In a relief to Union Minister Smriti Irani, the Patiala House Court on Tuesday dismissed the fake degree case against her where the complainant had alleged that she had allegedly provided false information regarding her educational qualifications in her affidavit to the Election Commission of India.

Refusing to summon Irani in the case, the court dismissed the case on the ground that there was a 11-year delay in filing the complaint and the lack of original documents available with the Delhi University. The court also observed that the complaint was filed to harass Irani only because she is a Central Minister. Irani’s educational qualifications came under scanner after she contested the 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

According to the affidavit submitted by Irani before the EC, she completed her BA course from Delhi University in 1996. Following a court order, DU claimed that the documents relating to her course were yet to be found. The controversy surrounding her education degree arose when a freelance writer filed a case in June, claiming that Irani had provided contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different election years.