In a huge setback to Education Minister Smriti Irani, a Delhi court has decided that a complaint against her for having misrepresented her qualifications is “maintainable”. This means, it will now examine how valid the complaint is. The next hearing has been fixed for August 28.
In face of the fact that AAP Minister of the Delhi Government Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested a couple of days back for a fake degree, this is a very embarrassing development for the Modi government.
The case against Smriti has been filed by a freelance writer Ahmer Khan, accusing her of making contradictory claims about her college education in documents filed with the Election Commission.
Twitter was, meanwhile, abuzz with both humour and advice.
— Amar #WithRG (@vistadreamz) June 24, 2015
— Yoga Baba (@skull_baba) June 24, 2015
— RunKeralaRun (@ajzalmuneem) June 24, 2015
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) June 24, 2015
Why would you lie twice on oath? What’s the compulsion to appear educated when the Constitution does not demand it! #SmritiFakeDegree
— swati chaturvedi (@bainjal) June 24, 2015
Will Modiji tell us why the responsibility of education of students in India in the hands of someone with a fake degree? #SmritiFakeDegree
— Scotchy Shashtri (@scotchism) June 24, 2015
#SmritiFakeDegree– Narendra Modi made an Education Minister who does not know what degree she holds.
— रचित सेठ (@rachitseth) June 24, 2015
There cannot be different yardsticks for Tomar & Smriti. Delhi Police must immediately arrest Smriti Irani. #SmritiFakeDegree
— Vinod Mehta (@DrunkVinodMehta) June 24, 2015
— ज्योतिषी नाथूलाल (@lavaharamdev) June 24, 2015
Is having an educated Education Minister really too much to ask for? Degrees may not matter but honesty does #SmritiFakeDegree
— Richa (@MumbaiMuggle) June 24, 2015