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Hearing on maintainability of PIL against D.Litt to Mamata

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The hearing on the maintainability of a PIL, challenging the D.Litt bestowed on Minister by the (CU), was concluded in the Calcutta High today, a day after the honorary degree was conferred on the

A division bench of Justice J Bhattacharya and Justice reserved its order, which will be passed on a later date.

Questioning the maintainability of the petition, state submitted that it was politically motivated and aimed at garnering

Saktinath Mukherjee, the CU counsel, stated that the was not justiciable and that it should be rejected forthwith.

In his submission, Mukherjee claimed that the was the final authority in deciding who would be an awardee and that anybody else was an outsider, having no authority to challenge the decision.

He submitted before the that the achievements and eminence of a person were reason enough for being chosen for the award.

Petitioner Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former of CU, had contended that the decision of the syndicate or senate did not attribute any reason for conferring the award on Banerjee and that it was arbitrary and opaque.

Banerjee was conferred the honorary D.Litt by the 161- year-old university at its convocation yesterday.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 20:05 IST