PIL against Calcutta University's decision to award CM with D.Litt

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee after meeting Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at his residence in New Delhi

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.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was left embarrassed when journalists accompanying her on a foreign tour were caught flicking steelware while attending an official dinner at a luxury hotel in London. At the acceptance speech, Mamata said, "Intolerance is rising in the country. I will never use this D Litt for professional reasons." she In his speech, state Governor and university Chancellor K N Tripathi, who conferred the D Litt on Banerjee, said, "The university is honouring personalities for their contributions in various fields".

VC of North Bengal University has filed a PIL against the plans of Calcutta University.

If Banerjee gets D.Litt. award will be the first case of a serving chief minister getting the prestigious award.

According to the PIL, the decision of the syndicate and senate of the CU to confer the Trinamul Congress supremo with a D.Litt was arbitrary and lacks logic.

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What stands in the way is a public interest litigation (PIL) filed at the Calcutta high court, challenging the university's decision.

The petitioner mentioned that conferring the degree to Banerjee will undermine the standard of the university and the prestige of the award.

Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party, the chief minister said that there are attempts to destroy the Indian culture of "unity in diversity".

The former vice chancellor dismissed the West Bengal government's contention that the plea was politically motivated and without any basis.

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