Mamata Banerjee is now a doctor

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

At an official, high-profile event in London, attended by Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, a few Indian journalists were allegedly caught pilfering silver cutlery from their table and one was made to pay a fine of £50, according to a report in the Outlook.

"Even in the last History Congress at Kolkata, I cautioned against attempts to distort history".

Speaking at the convocation ceremony, Banerjee said, "Intolerance is rising in the country".

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

The petition filed by two individuals, Abu Taleb and Ranjugopal Mukherjee, found a mention at the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, on Monday, following which the Bench directed to file the case as a PIL.

"The Calcutta University is conferring D Litt on Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, in recognition of her social service", Vice-Chancellor Sonali Chakraborty Banerjee said.

In their petition, the petitioners have argued that Calcutta University is a state-funded institution and will suffer a "credibility loss" if it confers the degree upon the highest executive authority of the state. In his plea, Mukherjee claimed it was arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning, reported PTI.

Mamata Banerjee, however, agreed to accept the honorary degree and to present dialect speech on that day.

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

The West Bengal government told the HC that a PIL challenging Calcutta University's decision to confer honorary D.Litt to CM Mamata was politically motivated.

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