Aam Aadmi Party legislator Bhavna Gaur has become the latest politician to become embroiled in the fake degree row. A complaint alleging discrepancies in details related to educational qualifications in Gaur’s affidavits filed with the Election Commission has been taken cognisance of by a Delhi court.
In the complaint, it is alleged that during the 2013 Assembly polls, Gaur mentioned her highest qualification as 12th but in 2015, the MLA from Palam changed it to BA and B.Ed in an allegedly false affidavit filed along with her nomination papers. Gaur later countered the allegations by showing her degrees on national media.
This is a conspiracy against us and nothing else. I have a BA degree and a B. Ed degree: Bhavna Gaur (AAP MLA) pic.twitter.com/wToU8G5TSV
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2015
Interestingly, the news comes only a month after AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested over the charge of having fake law degrees. He later resigned as Delhi’s law minister.
The matter of Gaur has been 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 next date for hearing in the matter has been fixed as July 25 by the Delhi court.
“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.