In a relief to Union minister Smriti Irani, a Delhi court on Tuesday decided not to summon her in the in the fake degree case. Smriti Irani has been accused of giving false information about her educational qualification to the Election Commission. The court dismissed the case and observed that the complaint was filed to harass Irani as she is a central minister.
The court refused to summon Irani in the case on the ground that there was 11-year delay in filing the complaint and the lack of original documents available with the Delhi University.
Freelance writer Ahmer Khan had alleged that Irani had deliberately given discrepant information about her educational qualifications in affidavits filed before the Election Commission in 2004, 2011 and 2014 and not given any clarification, despite concerns raised on the issue.
Khan had asked the court to convict and sentence Irani in accordance with law, in the interest of justice to the complainant and also the public at large.
The court, while declining his plea said, “The complaint does not appear to have been filed for vindication of majesty of justice and maintenance of law and order, the complaint appears to have been filed to needlessly harass the proposed accused.”