The Delhi High Court has yet again put the hearing of the Delhi University case related to the disclosure of the result of the batch of 1978 on hold. The hearing was scheduled to be done on Thursday after Delhi University (DU) opposed a plea by Right To Information (RTI) activists seeking details of all the students who graduated in Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1978 batch. Additional Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta who was representing the premium varsity had sought an adjournment in the matter, following which the case was not heard on Thursday.
Update on Delhi University case related to disclosure of result of 1978, when PM Modi claims to have graduated:
ASG Tushar Mehta, appearing for the DU, sought an adjournment in the matter. Even in the past, DU has been seeking adjournments. Matter was not heard today.
— Anjali Bhardwaj (@AnjaliB_) August 23, 2018
RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Amrita Johri and Nikhil Dey had asked for permission to step in the petition filed by the Delhi University against disclosing the details of the students who got a degree in BA from the Delhi University in 1978, the same year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to have graduated.
The plea was then and again rejected by the University claiming that the RTI plea is merely an attempt to gain cheap publicity. Later Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu had also directed the University to allow the inspection of the student’s records of 1978 pass out batch which was later challenged by DU calling it a third party personal information.
The Central Information Commission had also rejected the Central Public Information Officer of the University’s argument that it was a third party personal information, saying it finds “neither merit nor legality” in it. According to Delhi University record, PM Modi graduated from the deemed Varsity in BA in 1978 bath. However, this is not the first time, the Delhi Court has put the hearing on hold. Before this, the Court had put the operation of the CIC on hold in January 2017.