Smriti Irani, union Textiles minister, will not be summoned, a Delhi court said, observing that a petition questioning her college degrees has been filed to “needlessly harass her.” She allegedly gave false information regarding her academic qualifications in affidavits to the Election Commission.
The Patiala House Court dismissed the plea and stated that it was filed to harass the cabinet minister.
The former Human Resources Development Minister had come under scanner after a case was filed against her by a freelance writer Ahmer Khan in June last year.
The Minister, who has now been transferred to the Textiles Ministry has been accused of providing contradictory details about her educational qualifications to the Election Commission. Irani, who has fought various elections, has been alleged for using fake degrees and the order came in today as the EC had submitted the required documents.
The order was reserved by Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh after an Election Commission of India (ECI) official submitted a certificate regarding authentication of the election affidavits filed by Irani in the 2004 election.
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.
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.