Smriti Irani case: Delhi HC tells CBSE if marks are online now, you can’t claim privacy for previous students
The court’s observation came during the hearing of a CBSE plea challenging a Central Information Commission direction allowing inspection of Union minister Smriti Irani’s class 10th and 12th records to an applicant under the RTI Act.
If CBSE exam marks are available online now, then there can be no claim of right to privacy for previous students, the Delhi High Court said on Thursday.
The court’s observation came during the hearing of a CBSE plea challenging a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction allowing inspection of Union minister Smriti Irani’s class 10th and 12th records to an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
“Are all the CBSE marks of students available in the public domain today? If it is possible today, then you cannot say there is a right of privacy qua results of earlier students,” justice Vibhu Bakhru observed.
The court asked CBSE lawyer Anil Soni to take instructions on the factual situation at present and listed the matter for further hearing on March 8.
The court had in November last year told the Board that it cannot continue to enjoy the stay on the CIC order if it does not inform the RTI applicant, Mohd Naushaduddin, about it.
The court was told by CBSE on Thursday that it has informed the RTI applicant about its appeal and the stay order.
The CBSE had challenged the CIC’s January 17, 2017, order on the ground that the school records of Irani cannot be disclosed under the RTI Act as it was third party information which was held in fiduciary capacity.
The CIC had allowed the applicant to inspect the school records of Irani and rejected the CBSE’s contention that the information sought by Naushaduddin was “personal”.
The commission had said that when a public representative declares his educational qualifications, the voter has a right to check the declaration.