Smriti Irani’s degree controversy: EC says affidavits filed by candidates in 2004 polls ‘not traceable’


Delhi State Election Commission on Saturday told a court in the national capital that the original affidavits and some other documents, filed by candidates who had contested 2004 Lok Sabha poll from Chandni Chowk, including Union Minister Smriti Irani and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, were “not traceable”.

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The poll panel, according to a PTI report, said that this information was available on its website.

The submission was made by the official in pursuance to court’s order which had sought records regarding educational qualifications of Irani, against whom a complaint was filed for allegedly giving false information in affidavits to the poll panel.

“The original election forms and affidavits of all candidates who contested Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk in 2004 are not traceable despite best efforts. However, their photocopies are available on the commission’s website,” the poll panel official told Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh.

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An affidavit was also filed by the official regarding the information furnished by Irani while contesting 2004 elction.

Meanwhile, the court completed recording of statement of complainant Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer, and posted the matter for further hearing on August 27.

The court had on November 20 last year allowed the plea of complainant seeking a direction to the officials of EC and Delhi University to bring records of Irani’s qualifications after he said he was unable to place them before the court.

The complainant had claimed that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualification in affidavits filed before the poll panel in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification despite concerns being raised on the issue.

The latest revelation by the EC has come after the Delhi University too had informed the court that it could not found Irani’s degrees.


  1. चुनाव आयोग देश की संविधानिक संस्था है, इस की दिल्ली शाखा कोर्ट में कहती है, स्मृति रानी का चुनाव में दिया गया शपथ पत्र गुम हो गया है, दिल्ली की सरकार व विधायकों के झगड़े बारे, सरकारी मशीनरी का दरूपयोग सुना था, किन्तु संविधानिक संस्थाओं का भी यही हाल हो गया है, इस स्तिथि में आम नागरिक के अधिकारों का क्या होगा, आप अनुमान लगा सकते हो?


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