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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is now 'Doctor'

12 January 2018

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that FIRs are now being lodged against journalists to intimidate them if anything adverse is reported against certain people.

Among other grounds for opposition, the PIL says Banerjee had once declared to have completed Ph.D degree, but in March 1985, it was found that the University of East Georgia from which she claimed to have secured the degree did not even exist.

Speaking at the University of Calcutta after being decorated with a higher doctorate degree during its convocation ceremony, Banerjee said: "Intolerance is rising in the country". "History should not be distorted", she said. On Tuesday the petitionners' lawyer Shamim Ahmed "We filed the PIL to challenge the CU's step on multiple reasons about her ineligibility".

VC of North Bengal University has filed a PIL against the plans of Calcutta University. "The same people have chose to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed claimed.

The Calcutta University (CU) had chose to honour the chief minister with the prestigious degree in literature for her contribution in social welfare and literature at its highest decision making body meeting- syndicate, on October 26, 2017. The university is scheduled to confer the degree on Mamata on 11 January.

The Indian chief minister said they will be given shelter in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts.

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

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

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is now 'Doctor'