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HRD minister intervenes, DU VC denies suspending officials


New Delhi: Following HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s intervention, Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh Saturday said no suspension order was issued to five officials for leaking documents related to her educational qualifications.

Friday, DU joint dean of students’s welfare and media coordinator Malay Neerav confirmed the report that five non-teaching staff below section officer level of the School of Open Learning (SOL) were suspended for leaking documents pertaining to the minister.

Saturday after Irani said in a tweet that she has personally asked the VC to reinstate the officials, the latter issued a statement denying they were suspended.

“The university has learnt that no suspension order has been issued to the employees of SOL,” DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said in a statement.

Irani is at the centre of a controversy over 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 Irani misrepresented her educational qualifications in her election affidavits.

The Congress said Irani when she was contesting the 2004 Lok Sabha election mentioned her qualification in her affidavit as Bachelor of Arts which she passed from Delhi University’s school of correspondence in 1996.

But in her affidavit for this year’s general polls, the actor-turned-politician mentioned her educational qualification as Bachelor of Commerce Part I, School of Open Learning (Correspondence), University of Delhi in 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.