Information Commissioner who allowed inspection of Modi’s degree records, loses his post

M S Acharyulu, the Information Commissioner who allowed the inspection of Delhi University degree records of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost his portfolio in the Human Resources Development Ministry.

Information Commissioner who allowed inspection of Modi’s degree records, loses his post

M S Acharyulu, the Information Commissioner who allowed the inspection of Delhi University degree records of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has lost his portfolio in the Human Resources Development Ministry.

Acharyulu, had earlier this week directed Delhi University to allow inspection of records related to all the students who had passed BA degree in 1978, the year in which, according to the University, PM Modi had also cleared the examination.


Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur has taken away the charge of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) from Acharyulu. According to an order issued Tuesday evening, all complaints and appeals related to HRD Ministry will now be looked into by another Information Commissioner Manjula Parashar.

Last year, the university had denied these records to an RTI applicant, saying that it was the “personal information of the students concerned, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest”.

The RTI applicant Neeraj had sought to know from the University the total number of students who appeared in Bachelor of Arts, Year 1978, besides result of all students who appeared in the examination along with their roll number, name of the students with father's name, marks and result pass or failed.

The Commission, however, said that matters relating to the education of a student — current or former - fall under the category of public interest.

BJP leaders stated last year that Modi had completed his BA in political science from the distance learning programme of the university in 1978. This was later corroborated by Delhi University registrar Tarun Das.

The issue of 1978's DU degree records cropped up after Aam Aadmi Party had raised questions about the degree of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering a controversy.