A Dhaka University teacher, Fahmidul Haq, was accused in a case under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act on Thursday. Fahmidul Haq is a professor of the department of the mass communication and journalism, Agencies report.
One of his fellow teachers from the same department, Abul Mansur Ahmed, filed the case with Shahbagh police station, accusing Fahmidul of defaming Mansur in a Facebook post recently.
University sources said the teachers of the department recently were sharply divided over the delay in publishing the results of the master’s examination and Fahmidul wrote a post on the Facebook that enraged an “influential quarters of the university”.
Officials at the police station accepted the case following a go-ahead from the “high-ups”. In the case statement, Mansur alleged that Fahmidul disparaged Mansur in a write-up posted in a university-centred Facebook group where some 69 university teachers are members.
According to the case statement, Fahmidul Haq alleged in his Facebook post that the publication of master’s results is being delayed due to Abul Mansur, which created problems for another professor of the department, Gitiara Nasreen and disrupted the department’s academic atmosphere.
Professor Abul Mansur in the case statement denied the allegations and termed it false and unfounded. He enclosed the Facebook post and subsequent comments on that with the case statement.
When contacted, Shahbagh police station officer-in-charge Abul Hossain said the police have launched investigation into the allegation. Fahmidul said it was unfortunate that such a case was filed against him and said he would tackle it legally.
Teachers and the students of the department on Sunday formed a human chain on the university campus, protesting against a case against a former student of the department and a newsman of private television channel, Nazmul Hossain, under section 57 of the ICT law.
At the programme, teachers and students of the department demanded annulment of the Section 57.