Delhi High Court stays CIC order on Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications

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The Delhi High Court has stayed the order of Central Information Commission, which had directed the CBSE to allow inspection of Class X and XII records of union minister Smriti Irani.

In January, the CIC had dismissed school board CBSE’s argument the educational qualifications were personal information and could not be disclosed adding that Textiles Minister Smriti Irani’s board exam results be made public.

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The direction had come from Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu, who asked the CBSE to allow the inspection of the minister’s records from Class 10 and 12 boards.

Incidentally, Acharyulu had earlier ordered the inspection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s academic records before being reportedly removed from the HRD ministry’s charge.

In his order Acharyulu asked the textiles ministry and Delhi’s Holy Child Auxilium School, where Irani claims she took her board exams, to provide her roll number.

Unruffled by CIC’s order to CBSE asking it to allow inspection of her Class X and XII records, Union Minister Smriti Irani had said that people were free to ask for her nursery details too. Replying to question on the matter, an unperturbed Irani said: “Aap nursery ka bhi mang lo (you can ask for my nursery details too).”

Although a lower court had dismissed a petition filed by a freelance writer, who requested for Irani’s degrees to be made public, the Delhi University had last year sensationally told that documents related to her educational qualifications were missing.

Ever since Irani was handpicked by Modi to head the Union HRD Ministry, several opposition parties had questioned the PM’s decision citing her lack of higher education.

 

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