DU officials` suspension: Does Modi govt believe in transparency? asks Digvijay Singh

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh took a jibe at the government led by Narendra Modi over the suspension of five Delhi University officials for allegedly leaking documents related to educational qualifications of union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani.

Last Updated: May 31, 2014, 09:34 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday took a jibe at the government led by Narendra Modi over the suspension of five Delhi University officials for allegedly leaking documents related to educational qualifications of union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani.

Five of the non-teaching staff, who are below section officer level, of the school of open learning have been suspended for accessing the confidential file and then leaking it, Malay Neerav, DU joint dean of students` welfare and media coordinator, told reporters yesterday.

Singh, on microblogging website Twitter, asked if the new government believes in transparency.

The DU took the action after a Hindi daily published the leaked documents.

Irani is in the centre of a controversy due to her educational qualifications that has led to a full-blown war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress had alleged that Irani had misrepresented facts in her election affidavits.

The Congress leaders have said that Irani in her affidavit -- when she was contesting the 2004 Lok Sabha election -- mentioned her qualification as bachelor of arts (BA) which she passed in 1996 from Delhi University`s school of correspondence.

But in her affidavit for this year`s Lok Sabha election, the actor-turned-politician mentioned her educational qualification as "Bachelor of Commerce Part I, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi - 1994."

The Congress has protested against an "undergraduate" being appointed the HRD minister.

The BJP countered it with questions about Congress chief Sonia Gandhi`s academic background.

Irani has, meanwhile, said that "extraneous circumstances" were created by the opposition to divert her and requested the people to judge her on the basis of her work.

(With IANS inputs)