Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the Central Information Commission (CIC) should make public information about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications.
The Delhi chief minister, in a letter, has said that if he had no problems in the government making records about him public then the CIC should also not “hide” information about Modi’s academic records. The letter has been addressed to information commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu.
“You want to make all my records public. I do not object to that. But I am surprised that you want to hide information about Narendra Modi’s degree,” Kejriwal said, adding, it would make people question the commission’s neutrality.
“I urge you to show courage and make public records pertaining to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while making my records public,” referring to a communication from the commission on March 18.
In its letter, in connection to a petition seeking to know how the AAP leader was allowed to change his address during 2014 Delhi Assembly poll nominations, the CIC had asked why Kejriwal should not be declared a public authority as he is an MLA.
Earlier this month, the Delhi University rejected an RTI plea seeking information on Modi’s BA degree. The Central Information Commission (CIC) had first accepted the plea, but dismissed it later.
Expressing “surprise” over the CIC’s decision to refuse information related to the Prime Minister’s qualifications being made public, Kejriwal said it was wrong on part of the commission to do so.
“There are allegations that Narendra Modi does not have any degree. The people of the country want to know the truth. Despite that you have refused to make records regarding his degree public,” Kejriwal said in his letter.
Extending support to his party leader, Delhi Dialogue Commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan too urged the Prime Minister to “put this issue to rest by publicly disclosing his degrees and certificates”.