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Smriti Irani fake certificate row: what if the certificates actually turn out to be fake?

Since the day when Smriti Irani was given the responsibility to handle the HRD ministry, the lady and controversies became best friends. Where there is Smriti, there is controversy. After all that melodrama she created in the Parliament, now the lady landed into another trouble. She has to prove her education qualifications. Assumptions are that Smriti’s certificates are fake. The court will give the final verdict today.

But let’s imagine, what if the degrees are actually fake? Will Smriti lose all her power and credibility from the government? Well if this turns out to be true, our very own ‘tulsi’ will be under heaps of troubles.
Let’s take a look at the backdrop of the case

The complainant , Ahmer Khan, a freelance writer had alleged that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the poll panel in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification despite concerns being raised on the issue.

Khan had alleged that Irani had knowingly furnished misleading information about her qualifications in affidavits filed before EC and that a candidate, deliberately giving incorrect details, could be punished under provisions of the IPC and under section 125A of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

Section 125A of RPA deals with penalty for filing false affidavit and entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both.

What happened in last hearing?

Earlier on October 1, the court had reserved its order after hearing arguments advanced by complainant, and going through the reports submitted by the Election Commission and 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 while filing nominations were not traceable. However, the information on this was available on its website, it had said.

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