The Gujarat high court has issued notices to the chief information commissioner and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on a petition in connection with the controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s education qualifications.
Justice SH Vora issued the notices on Monday on the plea of Gujarat University that questioned the information watchdog’s authority in asking it to share the details of Modi’s degree certificates.
Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party, locked in a running battle with the Modi’s BJP over various issues, have accused the PM of fabricating his education qualifications.
The petition contended that the CIC exceeded its brief by directing the university to disclose the details of Modi’s qualifications to a third person -- Kejriwal.
The plea comes after the university on May 1 shared Modi’s marksheet, claiming he scored 499 out of 800 marks, or 62.3%, in his post-graduation as an external student in 1983.
The information watchdog had on April 29 asked the Gujarat and Delhi universities to share information about Modi’s certificates with Kejriwal who had petitioned the CIC.
A few days later, the BJP made public what it said were Modi’s certificates -- a Bachelor of Arts from Delhi University and a Master of Arts in political science from Gujarat University.
The details were also shared by the two universities but the AAP claimed there were discrepancies in the DU documents and the degree was forged.
DU recently rejected another RTI query -- sent in by Delhi-based lawyer Mohd Irsad -- citing privacy concerns.
“DU, as a matter of policy, seeks to maintain the privacy of every student as it holds the data pertaining to a student in a fiduciary relationship with the student concerned,” the university said.
Kejriwal questioned the university’s motives. “This deepens the mystery around PM’s degree. If DU feels it is private info, then under RTI Act, DU shud write to PM and seek his permission,” the chief minister tweeted.