The Delhi University on Tuesday told a court in the national capital that they had not been able to find the documents pertaining to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s BA course in 1996, as purportedly mentioned by her in an affidavit filed during 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
The university’s response, according to PTI report, came in pursuance to court’s earlier order summoning documents from its School of Open Learning department on the allegation that in her affidavit for April 2004 polls, Irani had claimed that she completed her BA in 1996.
“1996 documents related to her (Irani) BA are yet to be found,” Assistant Registrar of School of Open Learning, Delhi University (DU), O P Tanwar, told Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh.
Delhi’s Patiala House Court on 16 March had directed Delhi University to bring records of educational qualification of HRD Minister Smriti Irani, reports news agency ANI.
A complaint was filed against Irani for allegedly giving false information in affidavits to poll panel.Next hearing on 3 May.
Tanwar brought some documents related to Irani’s education, including admission form for B.Com (H) of 1993-94 and its result and further her enrollment cum admission form in BA (H) Political Science first year for 2013-14.
He said that Irani’s class 12th documents, submitted with the admission form of B.Com (H) course were yet to be found. He, however, added that “verification must have been done before the admission.”
In June last year, a case was filed by freelance writer Ahmed Khan, who accused Irani of providing contradictory affidavits about her educational qualifications during different elections.
Khan’s lawyer had informed the court that the HRD minister, in her affidavit for 2004 Loksabha elections, stated her educational qualification as BA from Delhi University (school of correspondence). However, while filing affidavit in her Rajya Sabha nomination papers from Gujarat in 2011, she said her highest educational qualification was B.com, Part 1 (correspondence course) from Delhi University.