New Delhi, Nov 14: A case of forgery has come up against professor RS Katheria, who was sworn in as the junior minister of education in the Modi Cabinet on Sunday. HE is alleged to have forged two marksheets to land a teaching job at the Agra University. In his BA graduation marksheet, he is said to have got 43 marks in Hindi Literature and 42 in English Language. But, the forged marksheet shows 53 marks in Hindi Literature and 52 in English language.
Katharia is also alleged to have forged a marksheet in MA second year. In the subject Principles of Literary Writing, he purportedly got a 38, but the allegedly forged marksheet says he got 72.
Answering to media reports about the forgery, the minister said that the rumours were false and that the case was filed by rival Bahujan Samaj Party candidate who lost to him in the 2009 national elections. He also retorts that he had been given a clean chit by an enquiry by the Uttar Pradesh government, under Mayawati. Professor Katheria has been charged with cheating and dishonesty under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code in the case.
If allegations are proved right, he may face jail for 7 years. Also, he would face disqualification from office and be barred from contesting elections for several years. It is being speculated that the rest 19 information shared by him in the election affidavit are also false.
Meanwhile, Arun Jaitley said that the Samajwadi Party has slapped cases against all BJP members in the state. He further added,""These are cases arising out of political agitations. Not cases out of some crime or moral turpitude."
In a recent hearing, the Supreme Court trusted Narendra Modi on the sanctity of the Cabinet ministry. However, it is surprising to see two ministers-Smriti Irani and RS Katheria-belonging to the sama department-getting involved in forgery.