Citing “privacy” reasons, Delhi University (DU) has rejected another RTI query on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree.
The Right to Information query was filed by Delhi-based lawyer Mohd Irsad.
“DU, as a matter of policy, seeks to maintain the privacy of every student as it holds the data pertaining to a student in a fiduciary relationship with the student concerned,” the RTI response from the University read.
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had alleged earlier that Mr. Modi’s graduation degree was fake, said Delhi University could not refuse the information sought on the Prime Minister.
Deepens mystery: AAP “This deepens the mystery around PM’s degree. If DU feels it is private info, then under RTI Act, DU shud write to PM and seek his permission,” he tweeted.
If DU feels that it is private info, then under RTI Act, DU shud write to PM n seek his permission. DU can't reject >https://t.co/PuLfp70aHR— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) >June 19, 2016
Mr. Modi graduated from Delhi University and later did a post-graduation course in Gujarat.
In April, Mr. Kejriwal urged the Central Information Commission to make public the details of Mr. Modi’s educational qualifications.
Following Mr. Kejriwal’s letter, the CIC asked the DU to make the graduation degree public. BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley then made public Mr. Modi’s degrees. But the AAP immediately alleged that the degrees shown by them were fake.
Mr. Kejriwal on Sunday sought to know why Mr. Modi’s degree should be regarded as a private affair since Mr. Shah and Mr. Jaitley had made it public.