The Election Commission in Delhi has submitted the documents related to Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications in the fake degree case currently being heard in Delhi’s Patiala House Court.
The court is likely to pronounce order in the case on 18 October.
The local court on 6 October had asked the Delhi State Election Commission to file certain records relating to Union Minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualification, filed by her while contesting 2004 general elections, on a complaint alleging she had given false information in her affidavit given to the poll panel.
Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh, who was expected to pronounce the order on whether to summon the politician as accused in the case, directed Election Commission officials to file the documents after noting that some clarifications were required in the matter.
The court had on 3 September had reserved its order after hearing arguments advanced by complainant Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer, and going through the reports submitted by the Election Commission and the Delhi University regarding Irani’s educational degrees.
The court was earlier told by an official appearing for the poll panel that the documents filed by Irani regarding her educational qualification were not traceable. However, the information on this was available on its website, it had said.
In pursuance to the court’s earlier direction, DU had also submitted that the documents pertaining to Irani’s BA course in 1996, as purportedly mentioned by her in an affidavit filed during 2004 Lok Sabha elections, were yet to be found.
The Delhi University in May had told a court ithat 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.