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Artist Suvaprasanna rejects NUJS acad & exec council posts after ‘row in legal circles’

The latest state government nominee to NUJS Kolkata’s academic council and executive council rejected the offer of honorary appointment to the posts after his nomination generated allegations of political favouritism in the legal community at large.

It was suggested that Suvaprasanna, an artist with no legal background, was nominated because of his closeness to West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee.

The nomination was a “show of shameless favouritism”, wrote The Statesman two weeks ago.

The post was left open for nomination after the previous state government nominee former Bombay High Court judge Chittosh Mukherjee’s term on the council expired on August 23.

Suvaprasanna who was not consulted by the state government before his nomination, said:

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. [Express]

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