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

12 January 2018

"India has a diversity of origin and we should respect that", she added.

The Calcutta University today conferred an honorary D Litt on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in recognition of her social service, amid a public interest litigation in the high court challenging the varsity's decision. "We will submit our arguments before the high court during the hearing".

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

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The Calcutta University (CU) had chose to honour the chief minister with the prestigious degree in literature for her contribution in social welfare and literature at its highest decision making body meeting- syndicate, on October 26, 2017.

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. "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".

Mukherjee said in his petition that since the members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee, they can not decide to honour her with the honorary degree.

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The petitioner named the state government and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee respondents in his plea, The Telegraph reported.

Banerjee said, "I can assure you that I will keep this honour on a high pedestal till my last days... Don't worry, I will not use it", said Banerjee after receiving the award.

Significantly the CU will confer the honour to the chief minister the next day at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata.

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