New Delhi, 19, October, 2016: The Union Textiles Minister, Smriti Irani will not be summoned a Delhi court said on TuesdayThe petition accusing her of faking a college degree was filed to needlessly harass her.
According to PTI reports, the court while pronouncing the order said, “Therefore, prayer for summoning the proposed accused (Irani) is hereby declined.”
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Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh while declining the case said, the original evidence was lost due to the passage of several years and the court had to be “relieved of the burden of adjudicating such inconsequential claim or case”.
The order comes as a huge relief to the 40-year-old minister, who was in the Human Resource Development Ministry; in a cabinet reshuffle a few months ago she was given the textile department, which was seen as a demotion.
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The case was filed last year by a freelance writer named Ahmer Khan who accused the minister of making contradictory comments about her education in affidavits that was filed while she was contesting different elections.
The complainant that was claimed in the court was that, in her affidavit for April 2004 Lok Sabha polls, Smriti Irani had said she completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University(School of Correspondence), whereas in the affidavit of July 11, 2011 while contesting Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, she said her highest educational qualification was B.Com Part I from the School of Correspondence, Delhi University.
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It also claimed that in the affidavit filed for the nomination of April 16, 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Smriti Irani said that she had completed the Bachelor of Commerce Part-I from School of Open Learning, Delhi University.
Mr Khan alleged that Mrs Irani deliberately provided incorrect details, and that is punishable by law.
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