Calcutta University to await court order before D.Litt to Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee conferred upon D. Litt by Kolkata University

In an obvious reference to the PIL filed in the Calcutta High Court, she said, in her convocation address, "I had faced disrespect from some quarters since my early days and was wondering whether I should be attending the convocation".

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that FIRs are now being lodged against journalists to intimidate them if anything adverse is reported against certain people.

Mukherjee said in his petition that since the members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee, they can not decide to honour her with the honorary degree.

However, the AG said there was no bar on awarding the honorary degree to an incumbent chief minister, and submitted that Pranab Mukherjee was conferred the degree when he was the president of the country.

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The petitioner named the state government and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee respondents in his plea, The Telegraph reported. "I will not use it since I personally feel that I do not have the qualification to have it", she said.

During the hearing yesterday in court, the West Bengal government argued that the petition was "politically motivated", and that it did not amount to public interest.

State Advocate General Kishore Dutta had told a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee that the decision to confer the honorary degree was taken by the syndicate and senate of the university and there was no sufferance of public interest. "The same people have made a decision to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed added, reported PTI.

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