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


"India has a diversity of origin and we should respect that".

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition against Calcutta University's decision to award an honorary DLitt degree to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, according to media reports. The hearing on the PIL remained inconclusive today and the plea would be taken up by the court tomorrow.

Banerjee, who has been awarded by the university for her contribution in social service, went emotional to say: "Surely I do not deserve this honour".

The Indian chief minister said they will be given shelter in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts.

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".

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The Calcutta University (CU) had chose to honour the chief minister with the prestigious degree in literature for her contribution in social welfare and literature at its highest decision making body meeting- syndicate, on October 26, 2017. "I will not use it since I personally feel that I do not have the qualification to have it", she said.

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.

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

The honour by the State university to the Chief Minister has not come without controversy, with the matter being challenged before the Calcutta High Court.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.