Fake degree row: Patiala House Court dismisses plea to summon Smriti Irani

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| Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 18:09
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Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles, Smriti Irani, Delhi Court, fake degree, Minister of Human Resource Development, MHRD
New Delhi: In a big relief for the Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani, the Patiala House Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea to summon her in a fake degree row.
 
The entire issue had started after the former Human Resource Development Minister (MHRD) Smriti Irani was accused for using a fake degree in an election affidavit.
 
The court decision has come as a big relief for the Union Minister, especially after the relevant educational documents were submitted by the election commission to the court.
 
The documents were submitted after the court had sought details of her educational qualifications which were submitted in front of the election commission on the basis of the petition which had claimed that Smriti had submitted false affidavits with regard to her educational information and sort disqualification as a member of the parliament.
 
Earlier, a Delhi Court had asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to file a certificate to authenticate the election affidavits filed in court by Union Minister Smriti Irani on her educational qualifications.
 
Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh had asked the ECI to send an official along with a certificate after observing that the affidavits exhibited in court were a copy of the electronic record available on the commission's website.
 
The court adjourned the matter to October 15.
 
The Election Commission had earlier submitted documents that were a copy of the file extracted from its official website.
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