Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

FIRs Being Used To Strong Arm Journalists, Says Mamata Banerjee

FIRs Being Used To Strong Arm Journalists, Says Mamata Banerjee

At an official, high-profile event in London, attended by Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, a few Indian journalists were allegedly caught pilfering silver cutlery from their table and one was made to pay a fine of £50, according to a report in the Outlook.

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".

What stands in the way is a public interest litigation (PIL) filed at the Calcutta high court, challenging the university's decision.

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".

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has firmly stated that her state will give shelter to those Bangalis who are driven away from Asssam. "India has diversity of origin and we should respect that". He claimed the Calcutta University's decision is "arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning".

Petitioners also argue that serious doubts have already been raised in public domain over academic credentials of Mamata Banerjee including her so-called "PhD Degree" which she herself refrains from using.

"Now if a reporter writes something, utters certain words, an FIR is filed and cases are lodged", the chief minister said at a programme in Kolkata.

Significantly the CU will confer the honour to the chief minister the next day at Nazrul Mancha in south Kolkata. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said the plea was "out and out in political interest", and that "except character assassination, nothing is there", reported PTI.

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