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Delhi court trashes fake degree case against Irani

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New Delhi, Oct 18 : In a relief to Union Minister Smriti Irani, a trial court here on Tuesday dismissed a plea to issue summon against her for allegedly giving false information about her educational qualifications in her affidavit to the Election Commission of India.

The complaint was filed to harass the Minister, the Patiala House district court said.

Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh said prayer for seeking summon against Irani “is dismissed”, and observed that the complaint has been filed after delay of 11 years and because the original elections affidavit of 2004 is not available.

The court was hearing a private complaint filed by Ahmer Khan, who accused Irani of submitting varying details about her educational qualifications in her three affidavits filed before the Election Commission for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elections held in 2004, 2011 and 2014.

“So where the original evidence has already been lost due to passage of number of years, the secondary evidence available will probably be not able to withstand test of judicial scrutiny, there is great delay of around eleven years in filing of the complaint, the said delay could be not condoned as complainant is not an aggrieved person,” the court said.

“The complaint does not appear to have been filed for vindication of majesty of justice and maintenance of law and order, the complaint appear to have been filed by needlessly harass the proposed accused (Irani).”

“The fate of the case can be foreseen as inevitable failure due to loss of original evidence because of great delay and the court needs to relieve itself from the burden of adjudicating such inconsequential claims case, therefore, prayer for summoning of proposed accused is hereby declined,” the court said.

In the last hearing, the Election Commission official submitted a certificate regarding authentication of the election affidavits filed by Irani in the 2004 election.

The Election Commission had earlier submitted documents that were a copy of the file extracted from its official website.

At that time, the commission told the court that Irani’s original 2004 election affidavit was misplaced, the complainant’s counsel told the media outside court.

Khan, who filed the complaint in April 2015, sought action against Irani on the charge of lying on oath about her educational qualifications.

His counsel K.K. Manan and Anjali Rajput alleged that the BJP leader declared herself to be a 1996-batch graduate from Delhi University’s School of Correspondence in her affidavit filed for the 2004 Lok Sabha election, when she contested from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk constituency.

But in her affidavit for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, when she contested from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, she allegedly said she did her B. Com. (Part I) in 1994 from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning.

In yet another affidavit filed on July 11, 2011, for the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, Irani said her highest educational qualification was B.Com (Part I) from Delhi University’s School of Correspondence.

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Delhi records season’s worst air day, AQI mounts to 304

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New Delhi, 13 Oct : The air quality index of the national capital turned foul and mounted to ‘very poor’ category at 304 on Tuesday morning, with northwest district recording the most polluted air, according to the Central pollution Board’s data.

Tuesday was the season’s worst air day so far.

The air pollution reaches a crescendo in Delhi-NCR every winter, when pollution from stubble burning combines with the suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere to form a thick blanket of noxious smog, thus creating health hazards for the residents.

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Situation in Delhi under control after COVID-19 lockdown 4 : Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, 25 May : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (May 25, 2020) said that the situation in the national capital is under control and his government is ready to deal with any kind of situation that comes in front of them.

Kejriwal, also stressed that even after several relaxations given in the fourth phase of COVID-19-induced lockdown the number of cases didn’t see any unusual rise.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal informed that around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth-phase of the lockdown began.

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Cleared Shaheen Bagh, booked violators: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, 24 March : In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital to thwart the COVID-19 spread, Delhi Police cleared the protest site in Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday and detained some protesters.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R. P. Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

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