Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Arrest warrant against RU senior teacher

Defamation Suit By VC
Rajshahi Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court yesterday issued arrest warrant against a Rajshahi University teacher in a defamation suit filed by the vice-chancellor.

CMM Rejaul Karim issued the arrest warrant against history teacher M Faruk-uz Zaman after police report said that RU VC Prof Dr M Altaf Hossain's allegations against him (Faruk-uz Zaman) made in suit were correct.

In his allegation, the VC said the teacher tried defame him and also threatened him.

Faruk-uz-Zaman on July 7 last year sent memoranda to the Chief Adviser of caretaker government, education adviser, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman and the RU VC containing allegations of irregularities against the VC and demanding his resignation.

The VC then lodged a defamation suit in August last year, claiming that his reputation as a teacher was damaged by the 'false propaganda' and that he felt threatened.

The court then asked police to probe the matter.

"I lodged the case as a professor, not as the VC. It (the letter) was very offending … His language was so attacking", VC Prof Dr Altaf told The Daily Star yesterday evening.

"My complaint was aimed at ensuring safety of all teachers and fostering good relations among them so that one can respect the other", he said.

Faruk-uz-Zaman, a senior teacher, in his memoranda alleged that the VC recruited more than 500 teachers, officials and employees on political considerations by violating UGC directives.

Appointment of three close relatives of the VC including his son-in-law as lecturers, appointment of pro-Jamaat teacher Prof Nazrul Islam as a professor at the Education and Research Institute, promotion of a pro-Jamaat assistant registrar to the post of registrar without selection committee meeting and re-appointment of some former deans after expiry of their tenure were among the allegations made by Faruk-uz-Zaman, his lawyer Aslam Sarker said.

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