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

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

Journalists accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her trip to London in November previous year were caught stealing silverware at an official dinner in a city hotel, media reports have claimed.

The degree was presented by West Bengal Governor and Chancellor of the University Keshari Nath Tripathi at a ceremony at the Nazrul Manch in the metropolis.

"Even in the last History Congress at Kolkata, I cautioned against attempts to distort history".

She was apparently hinting at the Unique Identification Authority of India lodging a complaint against four persons, including a reporter of The Tribune who had filed a story on alleged breach in Aadhaar database.

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.

Former Vice Chancellor of North Bengal University Ranju Gopal Mukhopadhyay had filed the petition in the high court on Monday.

Petitioner Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former professor of the university, claimed that the decision to confer the award was arbitrary and opaque.

He submitted that the syndicate or senate decision did not attribute any reason for conferring the award on Banerjee.

The West Bengal government told the HC that a PIL challenging Calcutta University's decision to confer honorary D.Litt to CM Mamata was politically motivated.

If Banerjee gets D.Litt. award will be the first case of a serving chief minister getting the prestigious award. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said the plea was "out and out in political interest", and that "except character assassination, nothing is there", reported PTI.