Calcutta Varsity Confers D Litt Degree on Mamata Banerjee

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee

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.

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. "We will submit our arguments before the high court during the hearing". Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her social service.

Calcutta University's advocate in the Calcutta High Court, Saktinath Mukherjee, told the court, "The court can not decide on Calcutta University's decision on whom to give awards".

Without naming the Bharatiya Janata Party, the chief minister said that there are attempts to destroy the Indian culture of "unity in diversity".

Chancellor of the University, Keshari Nath Tripathy, who is also the Governor of West Bengal, gave away the D.Litt to Banerjee.

State Advocate General Kishore Dutta had told a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee that the decision to confer the honorary degree was taken by the syndicate and senate of the university and there was no sufferance of public interest.

Banerjee said, "I can assure you that I will keep this honour on a high pedestal till my last days..."

Mamata said she will not accept this exclusion of citizenship in Assam, and vowed to shelter anyone driven away from here.

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

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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