Calcutta HC to hear PIL challenging doctorate for Mamata Banerjee today

Mamata Banerjee conferred upon D. Litt by Kolkata University

Mamata Banerjee conferred upon D. Litt by Kolkata University

At least 13,900,000 names are missing from the list, she added.

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. The hearing on the PIL remained inconclusive today and the plea would be taken up by the court tomorrow.

Earlier on Oct 25 previous year, following a meeting of the university's Senate-Syndicate, CU's Vice-Chancellor (VC), Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee, announced to award Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with honourary D.Litt degree during the prestigious institute's convocation in south Kolkata's Nazrul Mancha.

The Calcutta high court was set to hear a public interest litigation from Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former vice chancellor of state-run University of North Bengal, opposing the conferring of the degree on the chief minister even as she received it at Nazrul Mancha, an indoor auditorium in south Kolkata. The chief minister has also consented to receive the honour during the varsity's annual convocation.

The CU has announced that it will bestow the honorary D.Litt on the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, an alumnus, for her contribution to social service at its convocation on January 11. "I feel humbled to be honoured by an institution such as the Calcutta University, which has gifted many luminaries to Bengal and the country over the years".

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

Banerjee said it was a great honour for her but she is not going to use the degree.

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

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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