In a huge relief for Smriti Irani ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Elections, the Patiala House Court Tuesday dismissed the fake degree case against Union Minister Smriti Irani. The Court came out heavily on the petitioner and said that the petition is filed just to harass Smriti Irani.
The petition was filed in the Patiala House Court in which the complainant alleged that she had provided false information regarding her educational qualifications in her affidavit to the Election Commission of India.
What the Court said while dismissing the case against Irani?
Refusing to summon Irani in the fake degree case, the court dismissed it on the ground that there was an 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.
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.
When did all this fake degree row start?
The degree of Smriti Irani came under the scanner after the 2014 General Elections, when Congress claimed Smriti of holding the fake degree as she mentioned different years of her qualification in 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
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.