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Fake Degree Case Filed To Harass Union Textiles Minister of India Smriti Irani, says Delhi Court

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

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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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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?