The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for four weeks to Prof Naiyyum Choudhury, former chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, in a case, which the professor said was lodged to defame him.
Prof Naiyyum, also an ex-head of the microbiology department at Dhaka University, said his son's mother-in-law Shamim Siddiqui filed the case with a Dhaka court on July 17, accusing him and his son Sajid Muhaimin Choudhury of demanding dowry from the complainant's family.
“This is a complete lie, aiming to defame me. How can a person of my stature demand dowry?” questioned the distinguished scholar, who now teaches mathematics and natural sciences at Brac University.
He further alleged that the complainant and her husband KH Masud Siddiqui, secretary to the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, went to his house on July 4 and harassed him and his wife Prof Shamima Choudhury in front of guests.
Prof Shamima teaches physics at DU and is a former provost of Rokeya Hall. She is also the director of Bose Centre of the university.
Following the incident, Prof Naiyyum lodged a general diary with Shahbagh Police Station. The academic further said his son Sajid, who is studying aboard, issued his wife a divorce letter one month ago, which might be the reason why the case was filed.
The Daily Star could not contact Masud Siddiqui and his family despite repeated attempts.