Clearing air over wardrobe of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his office says it does not have any information on expenses of the PM’s designer dresses and its cost.
Odisha based law student Rohit Kumar in December 2014 had asked the Prime Minister’s Office about designers engaged for the wardrobe of Prime Minister for his domestic and foreign tours.
He also asked how much money was paid to designers for his clothes including Mumbai based fashion design Troy Costa for designing Modi’s clothes for his tour of America in 2014. There were news reports that clothes for Modi’s US tour in 2014 was designed by Costa, who had refused to speak on the issue.
“The PMO has clearly stated that the information sought was not a matter of record of this office. Given that, where no records are available the contention that the information sought should be provided is not correct,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a reply to Right To Information application filed by Kumar.
The PMO was also categorical in stating that the expenses on Prime Minister’s clothes were not made from government exchequer and there was no such information on record available with the office.
“It is your contention that if the expenses on the PM’s wardrobe were met out of government funds, then the information sought may be held as part of official records,” said Krishna Kumar the RTI appellate authority in the PMO in a written response to Kumar on April 4.
The PM’s pinstripe suit he had worn when US President Barack Obama had visited India in January was auctioned in Surat fetching Rs 4.31 crore, which was decided to Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign. The suite had Narendra Modi’s name woven into it in gold pinstripes and it was bought by 62-year-old Laljibhai Patel, a Surat based diamond merchant.