Intolerance rising in India, history being distorted: Mamata Banerjee

Senior journalists embarass India in London

PIL against Calcutta University's decision to award CM with D.Litt

The hearing on the PIL remained inconclusive on Wednesday and the plea would be taken up by the court on Thursday.

Journalists accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her trip to London in November previous year were caught stealing silverware at an official dinner in a city hotel, media reports have claimed.

Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her social service.At the ceremony, the chief minister spoke about rising intolerance in India, The Indian Express reported.

Significantly the CU will confer the honour to the chief minister the next day at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata. He claimed the Calcutta University's decision is "arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning".

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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. "You have honoured me and I feel deeply humbled".

The court has chose to hear the petition on January 10 and 11.

Banerjee said, "I can assure you that I will keep this honour on a high pedestal till my last days.I will never use this D Litt for professional reasons". The PIL has been filed by Abu Taleb and Ranju Gopal Mukherjee before the division bench of acting Chief Justice Joytirmoy Bhattacharya on Monday.

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.

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