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DU rejects RTI query over Modi's degree

19 Jun 2016 | Written by Gaurav ; Edited by Vaneet Randhawa

The Delhi University has rejected an RTI query seeking detains of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree.

An official response from the university cited "privacy reasons" saying they hold "the data pertaining to a student in a fiduciary relationship with the student concerned."

Arvind Kejriwal responded to the developments asking DU to write to PM Modi seeking his permission to publish the details.

In context: The curious case of Modi's qualifications

Modi's election affidavits claims

Modi’s election affidavit in 2014 declared that he had both BA and MA degrees. According to the affidavit, he had completed a distance education course from Delhi University in 1978 and then completed MA in Political Science from Gujarat University in 1983.

14 Apr 2016Information on PM's degrees withheld

The Delhi University refused to give information under RTI associated with PM Narendra Modi's BA degree.

DU gave the lack of roll number a reason for the denial.

Previously, the Gujarat University had refused to make his qualification information public on the grounds that it was personal information.

PMO too turned down an RTI plea claiming the authorities didn't have the information.

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Kejriwal writes to CIC

On 28 April, CM Kejriwal wrote to Chief Information Commission, demanding the educational qualifications of Modi to be released in public domain.

4 May 2016Kejriwal: Modi doesn't have a DU degree

Arvind Kejriwal further fuelled the PM-degree-row by alleging that Modi did not have a BA degree from Delhi University (DU).

He said DU had no records of the degree.

Furthermore, he claimed that the degree of Modi being published by some newspapers was 'forged'.

Kejriwal said that if the BA degree was fake it meant that his MA degree was not legitimate either.

19 Jun 2016DU rejects RTI query over Modi's degree

02 Jul 2016Gujarat HC stays CIC order on Modi's degrees

The Gujarat High Court gave a stay order on Central Information Commission (CIC) request asking the Gujarat University to provide educations details of Modi to Kejriwal.

The Gujarat University had approached the court stating that it "is not a party to any of the proceeding before the Information Commission."

Moreover, the university said the order had been given because Kejriwal was Delhi's CM.

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'Modi's degrees are fake', tweets Kejriwal

"Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai (Narendra Modi is only 12th pass and all other succeeding degrees are fake)", tweeted Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on December 15.

12 Jan 2017Modi's degree row: M S Acharyulu loses HRD post

Days after he allowed scrutiny of 1978 BA degree records from Delhi University, Information Commissioner M S Acharyulu was removed from the HRD ministry and replaced by Information Commissioner Manjula Parashar.

Last year, the University rejected a similar RTI, saying disclosure of student records has "no relationship to any public activity or interest".

PM Modi is said to have graduated from DU in 1978.

15 Mar 2017Modi's degree: DU says no records of 1978 batch

Delhi University's Open Learning School has clarified that it has no data on students who had passed out of the university in 1978.

The university also said that it had no details of names and roll numbers of students who had qualified for the degree in that year.

The revelation adds to the growing speculation over PM Modi's academic qualification.

11 Apr 2017PM Modi's qualifications: Arrest warrant against Kejriwal over tweet

An Assam court has issued an arrest warrant for Arvind Kejriwal, after he failed to appear in a defamation case concerning a tweet on PM Narendra Modi's educational qualification.

Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council member Surjo Rongphar had filed the case.

Though Kejriwal's lawyer argued he was busy with Delhi civic election preparations, the court observed he hadn't appeared in January either.

'Why is Modi so secretive of his educational qualification?'

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted, "Don't people have a right to know educational qualification of their Prime Minister? What is so secret about it?" "Why is Modi so secretive of his educational qualification? Obviously he has lied to the People about his education," he added.