In a recent development, the Delhi High court on February 21 has put a stay on the order given by the Central Information Commission (CIC) which directed the Central Board of Secondary Education to allow inspection of class 10th and 12th school records of Union Minister Smriti Irani. Earlier in January 2017, The CIC has directed the CBSE to disclose the academic records of Smriti Irani, denying the argument that this was personal information. In return, the CBSE had challenged the CIC order in Delhi High Court.

Further, the commission also has directed the central education board, Ajmer and the Holy Child Auxilium School, Delhi, from where she claimed to have passed out, to provide her roll number or the reference number to the board which possesses the records for the years 1991 and 1993 while the entire system required to be digitised.

Sridhar Acharyulu, the information commissioner passed this order to CBSE who earlier had given a similar order to investigate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree through correspondence from Delhi University.

The CIC commissioner earlier had stated that the right to access was provided by the RTI act which is just same as the voter’s right to information about certificates and degrees of the person contesting elections upheld by the Supreme Court and the Parliament in 2002.