Gujarat high court’s division bench on Tuesday held that a single-judge bench will hear the Gujarat University’s plea against the Central Information Commissioner’s (CIC) order to provide particulars of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s MA degree under the Right to Information Act to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Now, the single-judge bench will hear and take a decision on the argument. The stay on CIC’s order to GU in April will remain as it is. It directed the university to furnish information on Modi’s degree.
Central government’s counsel Tushar Mehta contended before the court that GU has already posted particulars on Modi’s degree on its website. Thus, it maintained that there is a question of regulation that remained in the case. Therefore, the division bench should hear the matter.
On the other hand, GU questioned CIC’s order in asking it to provide details without consulting the applicant for the same. The CIC did not even considered GU in the proceeding before it.
Advocate IH Syed who appeared for Kejriwal maintained that the matter should be heard by the single-judge bench. He also wanted the stay to be continued on CIC order for the time being.
According to Syed, if the case is heard before the single-judge bench, he will have the choice of filing an appeal before division bench. The single-judge bench has slated hearing on this issue in January.