Calcutta Varsity Confers D Litt Degree on Mamata Banerjee

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

According to a report by the Business Insider, the Assam Police on Thursday registered an FIR against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on complaints over her allegation that the Centre was conspiring to drive Bangalis out of Assam with the state's National Register of Citizens. "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". Mamata, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her work in social service.

In last two times, Banerjee did not attend the convocation ceremony despite being invited by the university.

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.

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. "The same people have chose to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed added, reported PTI.

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A petition in the Calcutta High Court this week, filed by Ranjugopal Mukherjee, formerly a professor of the university had challenged the university's decision. The university is scheduled to confer the degree on Mamata on 11 January. He also claimed that no incumbent chief minister has been conferred the award.

The former vice chancellor dismissed the West Bengal government's contention that the plea was politically motivated and without any basis.

Claiming that the petition "is out and out in political interest", Dutta submitted that "except character assassination, nothing is there".

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