A retired vice-chancellor of the North Bengal University had urged the court to put brakes on the Calcutta University's decision, saying it was "against public interest" -- a stand the state has vehemently opposed. The court heard the arguments yesterday for three hours and another hearing was slated for today.
Ahead of the convocation, the petitioner also wrote to Governor KN Tripathi -- who is the university's chancellor - saying the matter was sub judice.
At the convocation this afternoon - held at an auditorium in south Kolkata -- Ms Banerjee spoke of the "rising intolerance" in the country. "Intolerance is rising in the country. History should not be distorted. India has diversity of origin and we should respect that," she said.
It also alleged a lack of clarity on the decision-making process.
The state has argued that Mr Mukhopadhyay's petition is politically motivated and meant only for publicity. The state's advocate general, who appeared in court, said the Calcutta University's authorised bodies, the syndicate and senate, chose the recipient as per rules.