Court to consider complaint against Smriti Irani

New Delhi, (IANS) A court here on Monday set June 24 for considering a private complaint against Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly misrepresenting facts in her election affidavits.

The matter was listed for Monday for Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain to decide on the maintainability of the complaint filed by Ahmer Khan.

Khan filed a complaint in April seeking action against the minister for allegedly lying on oath about her educational qualification.

Khan’s lawyer K.K. Manan told the court that Irani declared herself to be a 1996 batch B.A. graduate from Delhi University in her affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election. But in her 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, she stated she had done B.Com Part 1 in 1994 from Delhi University.

“It is evident from the contents of the affidavits filed by Irani that at best, only one of the depositions by her on oath in respect of her educational qualifications is correct,” said the petitioner’s counsel Manan.

The petition added that Irani also lied on oath about her assets and it sought action against her for offences under the Representation of the People Act.

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