AAP MLA issued summons by Delhi court on degree row

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A court in Delhi on Wednesday issued summons to Aam Aadmi Party MLA, Bhavna Gaur, for allegedly misrepresenting facts about her educational qualifications.

While issuing summons to Gaur, the Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma sought her appearance before him on 1 October, on a complaint filed by lawyer Samarendra Nath Verma against the AAP legislator from Palam assembly constituency.

The matter of Gaur was brought to light by complainant Samarendra Nath Verma under a provision of 125 A of the Representation of People Act. It deals with penalties for filing a false affidavit. An offence under this Act entails a jail term of up to six months or a fine or both.

“The complainant failed to understand, how just within a span of 14 months (period between filing of her first affidavit in 2013 and 2015), she obtained additional qualifications of BA and B.Ed., whereas normal time required for finishing the aforesaid courses taken together would be five years (three years for BA and two years for B.Ed.),” the complaint said.

“The accused (Gaur) must have filed false affidavit related to her qualifications either on November 12, 2013, or on January 15, 2015, before the Returning officer in that only one version on oath on her qualifications can be correct,” it said.

According to the complaint, Gaur in 2013 claimed to be Class 12 pass, but in the 2015 affidavit, she mentioned that she was a Delhi University graduate and holding a Bachelor of Education degree from Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak, the petitioner claimed.

The petitioner sought action against Gaur for offences under the Representation of the People Act.

(with inputs from IANS)

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