Delhi’s Patiala House Court on October 18 dismissed the ‘fake degree’ case against Union Minister Smriti Irani and refused to summon her in the matter.
The case was filed by a man called Ahmer Khan back in 2015. He had alleged that Irani had provided false information regarding her educational qualifications in the affidavit that she submitted before the Election Commission (EC) of India.
The Patiala court took up the matter on October 18 and dismissed it on the ground that there was a gap of 11-years between filing the complaint and the lack of original documents available with the Delhi University (DU).
The district court also observed that the complainant had only filed the case to harass Irani as she is a union minister.
Questions about Irani’s educational qualifications came under scanner after she had contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and then again in 2014. In the affidavit that Irani had submitted before the EC, she has said that she completed her BA from Delhi University back in 1996.
But following a court’s order, Delhi University claimed that the documents relating to her BA course were yet to be found in their system.
Thus the controversy started around her education qualification, with petitioner Khan filing a case against her in June 2015, claiming that she had provided contradictory affidavits in 2004 and 2014.