The Delhi University has once again said that it it could not disclose the BA exam records of 1978 under RTI Act since they were held in a fiduciary capacity.
The university reiterated its past stance in an affidavit which the court has not taken on record as it had earlier closed the DU’s right to file further replies in the matter.
During the hearing, Justice Rajiv Shakdher said DU will have to first seek recall of the court’s earlier order closing its right to file a reply and thereafter, its submission may be taken on record, reported PTI.
The court also sought DU’s response on an application filed by persons, Anjali Bhardwaj, Nikhil Dey and Amrita Johri, claiming to be experts in relation to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking to be a part of the proceedings.
The university had filed the affidavit challenging the CIC order in January 2017 directing the 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, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also cleared the examination.
It had directed the university “to facilitate inspection of relevant register where complete information about result of all students who passed in Bachelor of Arts, in year 1978 along with roll number, names of the students, father’s name and marks obtained as available with the University and provide certified copy of the extract of relevant pages from the register, free of cost….”
Modi’s degree has been an enigma for quite some time. While his party said that the prime minister had passed his BA exams in 1978 from the Delhi University, they failed to produce credible evidence to substantiate their claims. The Commission had also rejected the contention of the Central Public Information Officer of the University that it was a third party personal information, saying it finds “neither merit nor legality” in it.
The court had on January 23 last year put on hold the operation of the CIC order.
Aam Aadmi Party in particular has consistently been pressing for Modi’s degrees to be made public.
Faced with widespread embarrassment, the BJP had taken an extraordinary step in 2016 when both the party president, Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had held a press conference to flash what they claimed were copies of Modi’s degress.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had described the copies of the prime minister’s degrees published in newspapers forged.