The Patiala House court on Tuesday dismissed a case against Union Minister Smriti Irani that alleged she had provided false information regarding her educational qualifications to the Election Commission.
Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh today dismissed the petition saying the complaints were made to harass the minister.
The court said there was a 11-year delay in filing the petition and the complainant would not have bothered to file it if she was not a minister.
Metropolitan Magistrate was quoted in news reports as saying: “Complainant may not have filed it if she was not a central minister. Original evidence has already been lost due to passage of years, secondary evidence won’t be enough for court.”
The complainant, freelance writer Ahmer Khan, had alleged the present Textiles minister submitted contradictory affidavits about her degree while filing nominations for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha polls.
The petition argued that Smriti Irani claimed she had completed B.A. in 1996 from Delhi University in the nomination papers for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, while the nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections in 2011 said her highest qualification is B.Com Part 1 from DU.
The complainant also argued she claimed B.Com Part 1 as her highest degree in the affidavit submitted in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
As per the court’s order, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had submitted documents regarding to her educational qualification mentioned in the 2004 general elections affidavit.
The Delhi University earlier said the court that the documents pertaining to Smriti Irani’s BA course in 1996 are yet to be found.
Former Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani had also made a controversy after claiming she holds a degree from Yale University in US. However, official spokesperson of HRD ministry later clarified that Ms Irani got a certificate for her participation in a Yale University program.