"We have filed a PIL challenging the decision of the university on several grounds of her (Mamata's) ineligibility, which we will place before the high court during the hearing", the report quoted advocate Shamim Ahmed as saying.
Journalists accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her trip to London in November a year ago were caught stealing silverware at an official dinner in a city hotel, media reports have claimed.
Calcutta University's advocate in the Calcutta High Court, Saktinath Mukherjee, told the court, "The court can not decide on Calcutta University's decision on whom to give awards".
The Indian chief minister said they will be given shelter in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts. On October 25 CU vice chancellor Sonali Chakraborti announced the D.Lit to be conferred to Ms Banerjee for her contribution in the field of arts, literature and social work.
The chief minister said she did not want to come to take the degree seeing the controversy. The degree was presented to the chief minister by West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
CCTV footage nailed the journalists. Creative Commons
"No national newspaper is now being allowed to write certain news reports and subjected to strong arm tactics", she said without elaborating.
If Banerjee gets D.Litt. award will be the first case of a serving chief minister getting the prestigious award.
A petition in the Calcutta High Court this week, filed by Ranjugopal Mukherjee, formerly a professor of the university had challenged the university's decision.
His counsel, Bikas Bhattacharya had yesterday submitted that the issues relating to the university and education itself were of public interest and as such the petition was justified to be a PIL.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.