NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Friday directed the Delhi
University and Gujarat University to provide information with regard to
the degrees earned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Information Commissioner Sridhar
Acharyulu asked the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to provide specific
number and year of the degrees of the prime minister to the varsities to
enable them locate it faster.
"Not prescribing the educational (degree based) qualification for contesting electoral
is one of the great features of Indian democracy. What needed is
education, not degrees. However,when a citizen holding the position of
chief ninistership wants to know the degree related information of the
prime minister,it will be proper to disclose," said Acharyulu in the
"The commission requires the PMO to provide specific
number and year of the degree and PG degree to the Delhi University and
the Gujrat University offices so that it will be easy for them to search
and provide any documents relating to it.
directs the PIOs of Delhi University and Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
to make best possible search for the information regarding degrees in
the name of 'Mr. Narendra Damodar Modi' in the year 1978 (graduation
from DU) and 1983 (post graduation from GU) and provide it to the
appellant Mr Kejriwal, as soon as possible."
Kejriwal had on Thursday had attacked CIC, asking why it was not making public the educational qualification of Modi.
raised a demand for information about Modi's educational qualifications
referring to Hans Raj Jain case, in which a complaint about information
of Modi's graduation was a subject matter, it added.
further said: "He had stated that while CIC wanted Mr Kejriwal's
information to be given, CIC was obstructing the information about
degrees of Mr. Modi, the prime minister. He expressed surprise over this
and also doubted objectivity of the Commission."
Reacting to the development, Kejriwal tweeted: "We welcome CIC decision. All speculations wud be put to rest now."