Calcutta Varsity Confers D Litt Degree on Mamata Banerjee

Calcutta Varsity Confers D Litt Degree on Mamata Banerjee

Among other grounds for opposition, the PIL says Banerjee had once declared to have completed Ph.D degree, but in March 1985, it was found that the University of East Georgia from which she claimed to have secured the degree did not even exist.

Senior journalists who were accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on an official tour to London were allegedly caught stealing cutlery from a hotel.

In last two times, Banerjee did not attend the convocation ceremony despite being invited by the university. "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". Life insurance has also been taken on all pilgrims by the State Government, " she added".

Former North Bengal University VC Ranju Gopal Mukhopadhyay had moved a public interest litigation on Monday challenging the university ' s decision to give a DLitt to Mamata Banerjee.

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

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

He reasoned that those who have made a decision 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.

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.

Appearing for the university, counsel Saktinath Mukherjee submitted that the petition lacked "justifiability" and should be rejected at the outset.

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