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RTI queries reveal MLAs educational qualifications; not in relay with information given to ECI

All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) legislator Karimuddin Barbhuiyan has flunked in his Higher Secondary examination, revealed reply to two seperate Right To Information (RTI) queries. This is in contrast to the legislator’s Affidavit filed to the Election Commission of India ahead of Assam Assembly elections 2021  in which, he had claimed of passing Bachelor’s in Arts from a university in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in the year 2019.

Barbhuiyan, who had a landslide victory from Sonai constituency within Silchar Lok Sabha seat, from southern Assam’s Barak Valley, had mentioned in his nomination filed ahead of Assembly elections that he has passed, Higher Secondary from Guru Charan College in Silchar in 1987 and then, went on to complete his Bachelor’s from Ch Charan Singh University in Meerut.

In his Affidavit ahead of Assam Assembly elections 2016, when he contested and was defeated, had mentioned that he had passed HS in 1987 from arts stream and then, did a Diploma in Engineering in 1990.

The reply to the RTI queries that were sent from the Guru Charan College and Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) on the other hand, says that Barbhuiyan had flunked in his Higher Secondary exams.

From the reply, it was gathered that Barbhuiyan appeared for the HS Final Year exam in 1987 under registration number 7485/84-85 and was allotted the roll 2123 number 320.

But, while GC College in its reply to applicant Sunny Deb on July 14 said, “no marks have been found entered in any/all subjects”, the AHSEC on the same day, replying to a query by Nitya Ranjan Borkotoky, said, “as per Examination Register record, his Result is failed”.

A case has already been filed against Barbhuiyan in Gauhati High Court and the court will hear the case on August 4.

Supporters of Aminul Haque Laskar, who had defeated Barbhuiyan in the 2016 elections to eventually become the deputy speaker of Assam Assembly and then was defeated by Barbhuyian in the 2021 elections, had been raking up Barbhuiyan’s educational qualification by filling several RTIs.

Aminul Haque Laskar had also moved the Election Commission of India before this year’s assembly election, yet Barbhuyian’s nomination was accepted. Aminul, then went to the Gauhati High Court and filed a case against him for faking documents. The court has asked both Aminul and Karimuddin to appear for a hearing on August 4.

If a person voluntarily files a false affidavit, then he/ she can be punished under section 191,193,195 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code for giving false evidence. Punishment for filing a false affidavit is punishable by imprisonment for a term ranging from 3 to 7 years.

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