The High Court on Sunday issued a rule questioning the legality of demoting Dhaka University teacher Samia Rahman on charges of plagiarism in research papers.
The court asked DU Vice Chancellor and other involved to submit a reply to the rule within four weeks and ordered to submit all the documents against Samia within 21 days.
Barrister Hassan SM Azim presented the petitioner’s side at the court while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar stood for the state.
On January 28, as punishment for alleged plagiarism in a research paper, the DU syndicate committee demoted Samia from associated professor to assistant professor.
In December, 2016, an eight paged article “A New Dimension in Colonialism and Pop Culture: A Case Study of the Cultural Imperialism” jointly authored by Samia and DU lecturer Syed Mahfuzul Haque Marzan was published in the DU Social Science Review Journal.