Court dismisses fake degree case against Smriti Irani
New Delhi: A court in Delhi dismissed on Tuesday a petition filed against Union Minister Smriti Irani in the fake degree case. The complainant, Ahmer Khan, had alleged that the minister had given false information about her education qualifications in her three affidavits filed before the Election Commission of India for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elections held in 2004, 2011 and 2014. The controversy is about her graduation. According to Irani’s affidavit, she graduated from Delhi University in 1996. But it could not trace the file on her when requested by court.
Citing an 11-year delay in filing the complaint and the lack of original documents available with the Delhi University, the Patiala House Court dismissed the fake degree case. It also observed that “the complaint was filed with the malafide intent” to harass Irani only because she is a central minister. Smriti Irani who was Human Resources Minister earlier is now Textiles Minister in Modi Cabinet.