Provide Details of Modi’s Degrees to Kejriwal: CIC

Kejriwal, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Chief Minister

narendra-modiThe Central Information Commission (CIC) ordered Delhi University and Gujarat university to provide information on the degrees earned by prime minister Narendra Modi to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu also directed the Prime Minister’s Office to provide the ‘specific number and year ‘ of  Modi’s degree and PG degree to Delhi University and Gujarat University  to make it easy for them to find the records.

The orders came after Kejriwal criticised the CIC for obscuring information about Modi’s educational qualifications. Kejriwal criticised the CIC saying while it wanted him to provide information regarding his electoral photo identity card, it was “obstructing information” about Modi’s degrees. CIC considered Kejriwal’s letter as an RTI query to provide the information he sought in the letter.

Acharyulu said that it is proper to dislcose the information regarding the educational qualification of a prime minister is asked by a citizen holding the position of  chief minister. “Educational qualification related information about public authority or public servant or political leader occupying constitutional position is not hit by any exception under Section 8 of the RTI Act. It cannot be stated as personal or private information also. In fact, the information about educational degrees of prime minister is already in public domain,” said Acharyulu.

“This generated a lot of curiosity among the people, who expressed their feelings in various social media and news outlets. Their curiosity cannot be equated with public interest,” he added.