DU suspends five officials for ‘leaking’ Smriti’s BA admit card

he authorities declined to name the officials and said a probe had been ordered.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2014 2:44 am
HRD Minister Smriti Irani. HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

Delhi University on Friday suspended five officials of the School of Open Learning (SOL) after Navbharat Times published what it said was the first-year  SOL examination admit card of  Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
Irani, who had taken admission in the BA (Political Science) course last year, did not take the first-year examination conducted this month.

Confirming the action against the officials, Malay Neerav, Delhi University media coordinator, told The Indian Express: “It has been confirmed by SOL authorities that five non-teaching staff of the School of Open Learning (SOL) have been suspended for accessing the system in an inappropriate manner and leaking confidential files without required permission from the SOL authorities.”

“All who have been suspended are from section officer rank or below. The officials themselves admitted that they had leaked the documents when they were questioned by the authorities,” Neerav said. It is learnt that among the five, one is a section officer and the rest report to him. The authorities declined to name the officials and said a probe had been ordered.

SOL officials declined to speak on record. “The decision to suspend the officials was taken only after moving the file through all required channels. Accessing any student’s private, confidential data is a punishable crime. We will set up an inquiry committee which will look into the issue in detail,” one official said.

Irani is in the centre of a controversy over her educational qualification after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations while contesting Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014. This has led to a war of words between the Congress and BJP.

The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) condemned the suspension of the officials. “It is very vindictive of the university to suspend officials without conducting a full inquiry. The step is harsh and should have been taken only after an inquiry,” Nandita Narain, DUTA president, said.

Delhi University Karamchari Union (DUKU) president Raj Pal said: “It is a classic case of lower officials being made a scapegoat to hide the wrongdoing of higher officials. Officials without rank have no power to access  any document, let alone issue it or give it out. The school should have at least finished its inquiry before taking the decision.”

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  1. K
    Jun 1, 2014 at 1:12 am
    If these officiers have leaked HRD Minister Irani's admit card then deserve not suspension but sacking. There something called a person's privacy which should be protected at all times. if any one has any doubt about Ms. Irani not have gone to university then she should be asked to produce relevant certificates. President Obama had to produce his birth certificate when a doubt was raised about his being a US citizen. The relevant officer did not go and gave a copy to the newspapers. Far too often we invade a person's privacy which can cause unnecessary harm. Therefore such breaks of privacy should be stooped.
  2. N
    May 31, 2014 at 4:34 am
    A right step by the Honourable Minister. What is the controversy about her qualifications. waht is needed dynamic leadership to put national education on keel.
  3. P
    Pankaj Doharey
    May 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm
    Oops University is trying to hide that they handed out fake degrees to the great and the mighty.
  4. R
    Ravi Ravi
    May 31, 2014 at 5:03 am
    Can't believe this is an education minister.
  5. S
    May 31, 2014 at 1:14 am
    So this means both the affidavits are wrong ...great ..what an exemplary education minister for youth to follow
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