Information Commissioner M S Acharyulu loses HRD after his DU order

According to an order, all complaints and appeals related to HRD Ministry will now be looked into by another Information Commissioner Manjula Parashar.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Published:January 12, 2017 3:34 am
modi, modi degree, narendra modi, PM modi, Information Commissioner, M S Acharyulu, modi BA degree, delhi university, 1978 BA degree records, HRD Ministry, indian express news, india news It was on December 21 that Acharyulu had ordered inspection of DU degree records of 1978, the year in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the university, had got his degree. (File Photo)

Barely two days after Information Commissioner M S Acharyulu’s order allowing inspection of Delhi University’s 1978 BA degree records was made public, Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur has taken away the charge of Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) from him.

According to an order issued Tuesday evening, all complaints and appeals related to HRD Ministry will now be looked into by another Information Commissioner Manjula Parashar.

Read | PM degree row – Provide copy of BA degree records of 1978: CIC to DU on RTI application

It is the CIC’s prerogative to assign any subject to any commissioner. The latest order comes just days after another order on December 29 on allocation of work in which Acharyulu had retained the HRD Ministry.

It was on December 21 that Acharyulu had ordered inspection of DU degree records of 1978, the year in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the university, had got his degree.

Read| PM Narendra Modi’s degree row: CIC allows inspection of DU records of 1978

While Mathur did not respond to calls or text messages sent by The Indian Express, Acharyulu declined to comment.

Last year, the university had denied these records to an RTI applicant, saying that it was the “personal information of the students concerned, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest”.

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The Commission, however, said that matters relating to the education of a student — current or former — fall under the category of public interest.

BJP leaders stated last year that Modi had completed his BA in political science from the distance learning programme of the university in 1978. This was later corroborated by Delhi University registrar Tarun Das.

In his order, dated December 21, on the plea of one Neeraj who had sought to know from the university the total number of students who took the BA exam in 1978, their names and those of their fathers, roll numbers and marks obtained. Denying the information, the Central Public Information Officer of the University had said the information requested was “personal information of the students concerned, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest”.

Acharyulu, however, said, “The PIO has not put forward any evidence or explained possibility to show that disclosure of degree-related information infringes the privacy or causes unwarranted invasion of privacy”.

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    AIyer
    Jan 12, 2017 at 2:48 am
    Why is my reply not posted. So much for freedom of expression.
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      Borakh
      Jan 12, 2017 at 4:58 am
      Crucial files are being removed by Narendra Modi and his office. We will get to know the magnitude of the scam only after Modi is ousted from office. This demonetisation is a ploy to change white money into black and black money into white. The RBI was kept in the dark about the decision. It should stand up against the Modi government and reveal the real reasons behind demonetisation. It should make public how much money has been pumped back into the economy and the amount of money states have received post demonetisation.
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        Suneel
        Jan 12, 2017 at 6:44 am
        Mitron....Dal main kuch kala hain....
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          Raj
          Jan 12, 2017 at 5:57 am
          Bhai, that chap gets paid to support and praise modi. In free time he is busy p1mp1ng his m0ther.
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            Haradhan Mandal
            Jan 12, 2017 at 3:32 am
            How is this information "personal" when the university itself publish it publicly? In the older days - they used to print/type and paste it on the NOTICE BOARD. Now a days they publish on the internet. lt;br/gt;For the purpose of "verification" often they p on this information to would-be employers (PVT) who basically engage a verification agencies - all of them are PVT enies . lt;br/gt;Bureaucrats often hide behind 'misinterpreting' laws DELIBERATELY in their favour. This should be considered as inefficiency and incompetence and should be punished accordingly by denying them increments and promotions , sometimes demotions.
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              Hindustan Hamara
              Jan 12, 2017 at 9:16 am
              People of India should be very concerned, see how Mr. Shourie also raises the issue of fear factor prevailing in our day to day life. Mr Advani cautioned us months ago that emergency in future can't be ruled out.
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                Nana
                Jan 12, 2017 at 4:23 am
                Acharyalu-humanlt;br/gt;Manjula Parashar-brahmin
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                  Nana
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 4:23 am
                  Proof that Modi's BA FAKE
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