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PIL against D.Litt to Mamata politically motivated: WB govt to

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The today told the Calcutta High that a PIL challenging Calcutta University's decision to confer honorary D.Litt to Chief Minister was politically motivated.

is slated to confer the degree to Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, at its convocation tomorrow.

submitted before a division bench comprising J Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit that the decision to confer the honorary degree was taken by the syndicate and of the university and there was no sufferance of public interest.

Dutta claimed that as such it should not be treated as a PIL and the should be dismissed.

Petitioner Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former of the university, claimed that the decision to confer the award was arbitrary and opaque.

His Bikas Bhattacharya submitted that university issues and itself are of public interest and as such the was justified to be a PIL.

He submitted that the syndicate or decision did not attribute any reason for conferring the award on

Claiming that the members were nominated by the state, Bhattacharya submitted that "here the nominated persons are nominating the nominator."

He also claimed that no incumbent has been conferred with the honorary degree by

However, the AG said there was no bar on awarding the honorary degree to an incumbent chief minister, and submitted that was conferred the degree when he was the of the country.

Claiming that the "is out and out in political interest," Dutta submitted that "except character assassination, nothing is there."

Appearing for the university, submitted that the lacked "justifiability" and should be rejected at the outset.

Hearing on the PIL was adjourned for the day and will be taken up again tomorrow morning.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:20 IST