Intolerance rising in India, history being distorted: Mamata Banerjee

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

According to reports, these journalists were accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her London tour and the incident happened during a dinner meet in her honour. On October 25 CU vice chancellor Sonali Chakraborti announced the D.Lit to be conferred to Ms Banerjee for her contribution in the field of arts, literature and social work. History should not be distorted. "We have filed a PIL, challenging the decision of the university on several grounds of her ineligibility which we will place before the high court during the hearing", his lawyer Shamim Ahmed said. "India has diversity of origin and we should respect that".

The court has chose to hear the petition on January 10 and 11. In his plea, Mukherjee claimed it was arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning, reported PTI.

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

Petitioners also argue that serious doubts have already been raised in public domain over academic credentials of Mamata Banerjee including her so-called "PhD Degree" which she herself refrains from using.

He said as the matter is sub judice, the varsity should have refrained from awarding the honorary degree to Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee is the first Chief Minister of West Bengal to be honoured with D.Litt degree by Calcutta University during governance.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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