The Gujarat High Court also fined Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ₹ 25,000 for asking for the details.
The Gujarat High Court has set aside an order demanding that the Gujarat University disclose information about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree, stating that the information is not necessary. The court has also imposed a fine of ₹ 25,000 on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for seeking this information. The court has ordered Mr Kejriwal to deposit the money with the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority within four weeks.
In response to the court’s decision, Mr Kejriwal expressed his disappointment and tweeted about the right of the country to know about their Prime Minister’s educational qualifications.
In 2016, the Central Information Commission had directed the Prime Minister’s Office, the Gujarat University, and Delhi University to provide information on PM Modi’s graduation and post-graduation degrees in response to a Right to Information (RTI) request. The Gujarat University challenged this order before the High Court.
PM Modi’s election documents claim that he graduated from Gujarat University in 1978 and completed his Master’s degree from Delhi University in 1983. Last month, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued during hearings that the university should not be compelled to disclose this information as there was no public interest involved, and the information on the PM’s degrees had no bearing on his role.
The court order has come in the midst of a campaign by Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) highlighting the PM’s educational qualifications. The party has put up posters in many cities targeting PM Modi.
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