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The Gujarat High Court today directed the police to complete their inquiry into the allegations of fake degree against state minister Shankar Chaudhary and also asked them to file an FIR against him if deemed fit. Justice J B Pardiwala gave the directions to the Superintendent of Police, Banaskantha district, after the police submitted that they were conducting inquiry into the matter. The court also said that petitioner Farsu Goklani should be intimated about the outcome of the inquiry. Earlier, Goklani had approached the high court alleging that Banaskantha police were not filing an FIR against the Minister of State for Health although the court had earlier asked him (petitioner) to explore the option of filing a police complaint against him. Goklani had filed a PIL, which was dismissed by the court in March, in which he had sought court's directions to the Election Commission to cancel Chaudhary's candidature.
He also demanded that the minister be sacked from the Gujarat cabinet. The petitioner had contended that as per the information obtained by him through RTI, Chaudhary had passed his higher secondary examination in 2011 and got his MBA degree from Vadodara-based National Institute of Management within a year in 2012. Goklani stated that no institute in world offers MBA degree in just a year and that too on the basis of class XII results. He demanded that Chaudhary be prosecuted for submitting false details regarding his degree in his election affidavit. Chaudhary, an MLA from Vav Assembly seat in Banaskantha district, was made minister after Anandiben Patel took charge in May 2014 from the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
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