“In public life one should be open to scrutiny and criticism. So am I,” Irani said on Twitter.

“Since DU is an autonomous institution I have put forth my personal appeal to the VC to reinstate the officials,” she added.
Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh welcomed the HRD Minister’s decision.

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

The senior Congress leader had earlier in the day condemned the move to suspend the five officials of Delhi University.

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

Five non-teaching staff members of Delhi University were suspended for allegedly leaking purported documents relating to undergraduate course admission and admit card of Irani whose educational qualification is caught up in a row.

"DU's School of Open Learning has suspended five people on the suspicion that they entered a confidential domain and accessed documents which were leaked," University sources had said earlier.

Those suspended are a Section Officer and four officials below him in hierarchy. An inquiry has been initiated against them, they said.

Sources said the officials have admitted to SOL's Director Chandra Shekhar Dubey to leaking the documents.

The action came after a Hindi newspaper published the purported leaked documents according to which Irani had taken admission in DU's SOL last year but did not appear for the examinations.

Irani is at the centre of a raging controversy over her educational qualification after it emerged that she had made contradictory declarations when she contested Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2014.



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