New Delhi, Mar 31, 2023: The Gujarat High Court on Friday quashed the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC)’s 2016 order directing Gujarat University to provide information on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s MA degree, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The High Court also imposed a cost of Rs. 25,000 upon Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He will have to deposit the amount with the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority.
“In a democracy, there won’t be a difference if a person holding the office is a doctorate or an illiterate. Also, there is no public interest involved in this issue. Even his privacy is affected”, legal website Bar and Bench quoted Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the university.
According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he completed his graduation from the Gujarat University in 1978 and post-graduation from Delhi University in 1983.
On the other hand, Kejriwal’s lawyer Percy Kavina argued,"If you see the nomination form (filed during elections), it mentions his educational qualifications. Thus, we are asking for a degree certificate and not his marksheet”.
Courtesy: India Today