New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday set aside an order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) directing Gujarat University to inform Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree.
Justice Biren Vaishnav said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was not required to issue his graduation degree certificate. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The CM had sought details of the PM’s degree certificate.
After the High Court’s decision, CM Arvind Kejriwal has reacted sharply. “Doesn’t the country even have the right to know how much their PM has studied? In the court, they strongly opposed the degree being shown. Why? And will those who demand to see their degree be fined? What is this happening? Illiterate or less educated PM is very dangerous for the country.
The Gujarat University had filed a petition in the high court seeking quashing of an order to provide information about Pm Modi’s degree to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under the RTI Act.
In April 2016, the then CIC M Sridhar Acharyulu had directed Delhi University and Gujarat University to inform Kejriwal about the degrees awarded to PM Modi. Three months later, the Gujarat High Court stayed the CIC order after the university filed a petition against that order.