Calcutta University's decision to confer honorary DLitt to Mamata Banerjee uncertain

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Kolkata: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed at the Calcutta high court against the Calcutta University (CU)'s decision to award honorary D.Litt to chief minister Mamata Banerjee this week.

The chief minister not only received the degree but also gave out many other awards for students and other experts including former governor of West Bengal, M.K. Narayan, while the chancellor looked on. Mamata, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her work in social service.

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He reasoned that those who have chose to confer the honour to the chief minister are the CU senate members who are appointed by the state government which is headed by Ms Banerjee as its chief minister.

Calcutta University's advocate in the Calcutta High Court, Saktinath Mukherjee, told the court, "The court can not decide on Calcutta University's decision on whom to give awards".

The petitioner named the state government and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee respondents in his plea, The Telegraph reported.

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Advocate General Kishore Dutta submitted before 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. "You have honoured me and I feel deeply humbled".

Banerjee said it was a great honour for her but she is not going to use the degree. The government's argument that former chief ministers Jyoti Basu and Dr BC Roy, too, had received similar degrees from the university was incorrect, Mukhopadhyay said, as they had received their honorary degrees after stepping down from their position.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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