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CU senate final authority in deciding D Litt awardee: Counsel

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Opposing a PIL challenging its decision to award an honorary D Litt degree to Mamata Banerjee, the today claimed in the high that its is the final authority in deciding an awardee and anybody else is an outsider having no authority to challenge it.

The for the varsity, Saktinath Mukherjee submitted before the that the achievements and eminence of a person itself are reasons for being chosen for the award.

The credentials of a person to be given the award are already established and it is not the duty of the syndicate or to look for his or her credentials, he told a division bench comprising J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit

Naming some of the past awardees of the D Litt degree such as S Radhakrishnan, Prasanta and B C Roy, he contended that the credentials of these personalities were already established and the university did not need to check those before deciding to confer the award.

They are offered the award and not selected as suggested by the petitioner, Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former of the university, he said.

The petitioner has contended that the syndicate or decision did not attribute any reason for conferring the award on and that it was arbitrary and opaque.

On the issue of injury to public interest in conferring of the award to Banerjee, raised in the petition, the submitted that all members of the syndicate had recommended the name of the for the award to the senate, which approved it.

had opposed the PIL yesterday and claimed that it was a politically motivated petition.

Hearing in the case would continue tomorrow.

was today conferred the D.Litt degree by the university at its convocation.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:35 IST