Delhi HC stays CIC order on inspection of Smriti Irani's school records

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday stayed a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction to the CBSE to allow the inspection of Class 10 and 12 school records of Union Minister Smriti Irani.

Rejecting the contention of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) that the said information was "personal", the CIC had on January 17 asked the educational body to facilitate the inspection of relevant records and provide certified copies of the documents to RTI applicant Mohammad Naushaduddin.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, while hearing the plea filed by the CBSE against the CIC order, also issued notice to Naushaduddin and fixed April 27 for next hearing in the matter.

The CIC had rejected the CBSE's contentions that the school records of Irani cannot be disclosed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act as it was third-party information held in fiduciary capacity.

The commission had also directed the office of the Union Minister of Textiles and the Holy Child Auxilium School, Delhi, from where she claimed to have passed out, to provide the roll number or reference number of Smriti Zubin Irani to CBSE, Ajmer, which possesses the records for years 1991 and 1993 to "facilitate search from huge records which is yet to be digitised".

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