Case against Smriti over degree controversy

Lucknow: A local Congress leader in Amethi has formally lodged a complaint with the Election Commission accusing Union Minister Smriti Irani of submitting wrong information about her educational qualifications in her affidavit.

In the affidavit accompanying her nomination papers filed on April 11, Irani had stated that her highest educational qualification was ‘Part 1 of Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University in 1994′.

In a 2004 affidavit when she was contesting from the Chandni Chowk seat in Delhi, she had submitted that she did her BA in 1996 from the Delhi University (School of Correspondence).

In her 2011 affidavit alongside her Rajya Sabha nomination, she stated that her highest educational qualification was “B.Com. Part 1”.

Mohd Tauheed Siddiqui Najmi, head of Congress’ minority cell in Lucknow, alleged in his complaint that Irani, “in her affidavit, filed in 2014, had declared she had completed her graduation in commerce from DU. In her affidavit in 2019, she said B.Com part one was her highest qualification. How is that since 2004, Irani has shed her degree?”

The Congress leader has sought cancellation of the Minister’s candidature and registration of a case of forgery against her.