After Tomar, another AAP MLA Bhavna Gaur lands in fake degree row

New Delhi: After former Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, AAP legislator Bhavna Gaur has come under scanner over her educational qualifications.

A Delhi court has taken cognisance of a complaint seeking criminal prosecution of the MLA for allegedly furnishing false details in her affidavits for the Assembly polls.

 After Tomar, another AAP MLA Bhavna Gaur lands in fake degree row

AAP MLA Bhawna Gaur. Screengrab from Youtube video

Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma admitted the complaint, which alleged discrepancies in details related to educational qualifications in affidavits filed with the Election Commission in last two Assembly polls held in December 2013 and February 2015.

The development comes less than a month after AAP MLA Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested and had to resign as law minister over the charge of having fake degrees.

Complainant Samarendra Nath Verma has filed the petition under provision of 125 A of the Representation of People Act, dealing with penalty for filing a false affidavit. The offence under Section 125A of the Act entails a jail term of up to six months or fine or both.

The court has now fixed the matter for next hearing on 25 July.

As per the complaint, during the 2013 Assembly polls Gaur, an MLA from Palam constituency, had mentioned her highest qualification as 12th while during the elections held in 2015, she mentioned her highest educational qualification as BA and BEd.

"The complainant failed to understand, how just within a span of 14 months (period between filing of her first affidavit in 2013 and 2015), she obtained additional qualifications of BA and BEd., whereas normal time required for finishing the aforesaid courses taken together would be five years (three years for BA and two years for B.Ed.)," the complaint said.

"The accused (Gaur) must have filed false affidavit related to her qualifications either on 12 November, 2013, or on 15 January, 2015, " it said.

PTI

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2015 20:07:19 IST