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DU runs to douse Smriti leak row

- ‘No staff suspended’

New Delhi, May 31: Delhi University today denied suspending any employee for leaking Smriti Irani’s personal details after the minister, who’s a student there, requested the institution to revoke the reported suspensions.

A university official had yesterday said that five non-teaching employees of the university’s School of Open Learning (SOL) had been suspended for leaking documents relating to Irani’s admission and admit card to a newspaper.

In an article on the new Union human resource development minister, the vernacular daily had published details such as the address and contact numbers she had furnished last year while enrolling on an undergraduate political science (honours) course at SOL.

Delhi University registrar Alka Sharma tonight clarified that nobody had been suspended.

“We have enquired: no staff has been suspended by the SOL on this issue,” she said.

She declined to say whether any action might be taken. “The SOL is authorised to take action. It is their domain,” Sharma said.

Irani had tweeted today: “Since Delhi University is an autonomous institution, I have put forth my personal appeal to the Vice-Chancellor to reinstate the officials.”

Earlier, media reports about the alleged suspensions had prompted Congress leader Digvijaya Singh to slam the government.

“5 officials of Delhi University suspended for leaking HRD Minister’s educational qualification details! Does this Govt believe in transparency,” Singh tweeted.

“ACHHE DIN AA GAYE HEIN. Would anyone stand up for the suspended officials of DU?” he added.

After Irani’s appeal to the university, Digvijaya thanked the minister but aimed another barb at her over the conflicting claims about her educational qualifications in two of her poll affidavits that have generated controversy.

“Thanks Smriti for appealing to VC DU for reinstating DU officials. Now let people of this Country know your actual Educational Qualification,” he tweeted.

Target Munde

The Congress today questioned rural development minister Gopinath Munde’s claims about his educational qualifications too, alleging he had “graduated in 1976 from a college established in 1978”, a PTI report adds.

“Social media is discussing the big achievement of BJP leader & RD Minister Mr Munde? He graduated in 1976 from a college established in 1978,” Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed tweeted.

Munde’s poll affidavit, available on the Election Commission website, says he graduated from New Law College, Pune, in 1976. According to the college’s website, the institution was established in 1978.

Repeated attempts to reach Munde over the phone and text messages elicited no response.