CID asked to probe Samia Rahman’s case

Staff Correspondent

2 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A Dhaka court on Thursday directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police to probe a case filed by Dhaka University teacher Samia Rahman under Digital Security Act.

Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of the Cyber Tribunal (Bangladesh) in Dhaka passed the order, asking the CID to submit a probe report before the court by May 20.

Earlier, Samia Rahman, a teacher of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at DU, on Wednesday filed the case against one Alex Martin of the University of Chicago Press Journal, who she said was a ‘made-up person’, and others with the same tribunal.

The tribunal took the case into cognisance and recorded the complainant’s statements that day but did not pass order on Wednesday.

Samia in the case statements said that an email -- said to be from the University of Chicago Press Journal -- based on which the DU probe body on September 15, 2017, recommended her demotion from associate professor to assistant professor, bringing allegations of plagiarism, was fake and fabricated.

She claimed that the letter -- said to come from the University of Chicago Press Journal -- which was the main clue in the investigation done by Dhaka University, was ‘fake’.

“Alex Martin, the complainant, was not involved with the University of Chicago Press Journal,” she claimed.