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Suvaprasanna rejects NUJS post offered by govt

Row Legal community had objected to an artist nominated for law institute council.

Written by Kanchan Chakraborty | Kolkata | Published: September 25, 2012 3:34:05 am

Row Legal community had objected to an artist nominated for law institute council

Eminent artist Suvaprasanna,whose name was nominated by the Mamata Banerjee government for the post of member in the academic council of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS),a law institute,has refused to accept the offer.

The nomination of Suvaprasanna for the academic council of the law institute had created a ruffle with legal community left wondering why an artist was nominated by the government instead of a law expert.

Speaking to The Indian Express from Delhi on Monday,Suvaprasanna said: I don’t have any idea about law or legal affairs,so I’m not accepting the post in the NUJS.”

Admitting that he had received the letter from the NUJS a few days ago about his nomination,Suvaprasanna,considered close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,said that he was never consulted by the state government before recommending his name for the institute. “I am already a member of the Railway Amenities Committee and a member of the heritage committee. I understand these subjects,but I don’t know anything about the legal matters and have always maintained a distance from it. So I can’t not give any advice to the institute either,” he said.

However,till date he has not been able to inform the institute about his decision.

Surajit Chandra Mukhopadhyay,registrar of the NUJS,said a letter was sent to Suvaprasanna to get his consent for the post after the state government recommended his name for the post. “It is an honarary post,” added Mukhopadyay.

Eminent jurist Justice Chittosh Mukherjee was the member of the academic council as the nominee of the state before the expiry of his term on August 23. Following Mukherjee’s exit,the NUJS asked the state government to nominate its member for the academic council and the executive council.

The Mamata government,however,decided to choose Suvaprasanna ar Mukherjee’s replacement thereby ruffling the feathers of the legal community.

In 1999,the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences was established under the WBNUJS Act. Three years later,its campus was set up in Salt Lake.

Meanwhile,he chairs rail panel meeting

New Delhi: Suvaprasanna,appointed as chairman of Passenger Amenities Committee by Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as Railway Minister,chaired a meeting of railway panel in New Delhi on Monday after the change of guard in the ministry. He stressed on the need for enhanced security and better amenities for passengers at the meeting attended by panel members and railway officials. Five of the total seven members participated in the meeting.

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