A Chittagong University (CU) teacher was served show cause notice for posting a status on social media platform Facebook, which the authority claimed “instigated students who were creating unrest on the campus brandishing fire arms.”
The show cause notice signed by CU Registrar (Acting) KM Nur Ahmed was issued on Sunday against Assistant Professor Khandokar Ali Ar Raji of Mass Communication and Journalism Department.
The notice termed his Facebook status defamatory for teachers who were involved in administrative activities of the university.
He was asked to provide an explanation within three working days as to why legal steps should not be taken against him for defaming teachers and provoking students for violence.
“According to CU Employee Act (Efficiency and Ability), he committed a punishable offence by posting such provocative status on Facebook,” the notice added.
Terming the notice "ridiculous", Assistant Prof Ar Raji said, “I do not understand why the university authority took the status upon themselves, as similar atmosphere is prevailing in all public universities in Bangladesh.” He added that he did not mention any person or university's name in his post.
Prof Ar Raji termed the university's reaction “unfortunate”. He said he will talk to his lawyers and act accordingly.
Following an arms case against six BCL activists after recovering ten machetes from different halls on April 3, he posted a status on Facebook the next day, titled “Running university through hooliganism is a sin.”