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FIRs Being Used To Strong Arm Journalists, Says Mamata Banerjee

FIRs Being Used To Strong Arm Journalists, Says Mamata Banerjee

"India has a diversity of origin and we should respect that".

According to a report by the Business Insider, the Assam Police on Thursday registered an FIR against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on complaints over her allegation that the Centre was conspiring to drive Bangalis out of Assam with the state's National Register of Citizens. The hearing on the PIL remained inconclusive today and the plea would be taken up by the court tomorrow.

The PIL says it is improper for a state-funded university to confer such degrees on a person who can influence its decisions.

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

Banerjee, who has been awarded by the university for her contribution in social service, went emotional to say: "Surely I do not deserve this honour".

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She said, "I was persuaded by Higher Education Minister Partha Chatterjee and the university authorities".

The degree was presented by West Bengal Governor and Chancellor of the University Keshari Nath Tripathi at a ceremony at the Nazrul Manch in the metropolis.

Banerjee said it was a great honour for her but she is not going to use the degree. "You have honoured me and I feel deeply humbled". "The same people have chose to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed added, reported PTI.

Meanwhile, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Calcutta High Court challenging the University's move to confer the honourary doctorate on Banerjee.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.


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