A Delhi court today said it would hear on May 14 a complaint filed against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly giving “false” information about her educational qualification in her affidavits filed with the Election Commission of India.
Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain, who was scheduled to consider the plea today, deferred it for May 14 as the main counsel was not present in the matter due to the ongoing lawyers strike.
District courts lawyers in Delhi are observing strike till May 2 against the delay in tabling in Parliament an amended bill regarding enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts.
“Put up again for consideration on May 14,” the court said.
The complaint alleged that in an April, 2004 affidavit filed by Irani for the Lok Sabha elections, it was stated that she has completed her BA in 1996 from Delhi University (school of correspondence).
It claimed that in another affidavit of July 11, 2011 by Irani for election on Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, it was stated that her highest educational qualification was B.Com part I from the School of Correspondence, DU.
“It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Smriti Z Irani that at best, only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,” the plea claimed.
It alleged that she had given “false information” about her educational qualifications in the affidavits.
It further said “the aforesaid affidavits of Smriti Z Irani, apart from the ostensibly false and discrepant statements in respect of her educational qualifications, also appear to contain false/discrepant statements in respect of immovable properties owned by her and other details set out by her.”
“The aforesaid facts and circumstances reveal commission of offences by the accused under section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, besides any other offences that may attract other penal provisions as an outcome of an additional investigation ,” the plea said.