Politics

Allow Inspection of Smriti Irani’s School Record, Information Commission Tells CBSE

The order came from the same information commissioner who ordered the inspection of Narendra Modi’s Delhi University records.

Smriti Irani. Credit: PTI

Smriti Irani. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission today directed the Central Board of Secondary Examination to allow inspection of class 10 and 12 school records of union minister Smriti Irani, rejecting CBSEs contention that it constituted “personal information”.

The office of the union minister of textiles and the Holy Child Auxilium School, Delhi, from where she claimed to have passed out, have also been directed by the commission to provide the roll number or reference number of Irani to CBSE, Ajmer, which possesses the records for the years 1991 and 1993 “to facilitate search from huge records which is yet to be digitised.”

The commission rejected the argument that the information was “personal information” and thus cannot be disclosed.

“The Commission directs the respondent authority, the CBSE, to facilitate inspection of relevant records and provide certified copies of documents selected by the appellant free of cost, except personal details in admit card and mark sheet, within 60 days from the date of receipt of this order,” information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said in his order.

Acharyulu was recently divested of the charge of HRD ministry by chief information commissioner R.K. Mathur barely few days after he ordered inspection of B.A. records of Delhi University pertaining to 1978, the year in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi graduated.