Smriti Irani fake degree case: Patiala Court asks EC to authenticate certificates

HC asks Election Commission to authenticate Smriti Irani's educational certificates

The Patiala House Court on Thursday asked the Election Commission to authenticate the certificates of Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani in the fake degree case.

The matter has been adjourned for hearing till October 15.

The order comes in wake of a complaint filed against Irani by freelance writer Ahmed Khan for allegedly giving false information regarding her academic qualification in the affidavits to the Election Commission.

Earlier, Khan’s lawyer had informed the court that Irani in her affidavit for 2004 Lok Sabha elections had stated that she had done BA in 1996 from Delhi University (School of Correspondence), whereas in another affidavit for 2011 Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, she had said that her highest qualification was B.Com Part I from School of Correspondence, Delhi University.

The complaint had also claimed that Irani in her affidavit filed for 2014 Lok Sabha election from Amethi, had stated that she had completed her B.Com Part-I from Delhi University School of Open Learning, PTI reported.