Calcutta University to await court order before D.Litt to Mamata Banerjee

Calcutta University to await court order before D.Litt to Mamata Banerjee

The petition claimed that the decision of the syndicate and senate of the university to honour Banerjee with a D.Litt was arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning.

Calcutta University, however, gave away the degree to Banerjee at its convocation at Nazrul Hall in South Kolkata.

Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her social service.At the ceremony, the chief minister spoke about rising intolerance in India, The Indian Express reported.

The West Bengal chief minister is widely known for her concerns regarding the Bangalis both in home and overseas. "Among the steps taken are satellite phones to police personnel at crucial points, Wi-Fi zone, CCTV, a special website, and others.The Chief Minister has a special message for all the pilgrims congregated at Ganga Sagar".

They are Bidhan Chandra Roy, who received it in 1944, eight years before he became chief minister, and Jyoti Basu in 2007, nearly eight years after he left his job.

Banerjee said, "I can assure you that I will keep this honour on a high pedestal till my last days..." I also felt I was not fit to receive it.


"No national newspaper is now being allowed to write certain news reports and subjected to strong arm tactics", she said without elaborating.

"It's not only most unethical, but against the basic principle and values of such an old university".

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

"Now if a reporter writes something, utters certain words, an FIR is filed and cases are lodged", the chief minister said at a programme in Kolkata.

The PIL says it is improper for a state-funded university to confer such degrees on a person who can influence its decisions.

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