Dhaka University Professor Fahmidul Haq has expressed regret for his Facebook post regarding his colleague Professor Abul Mansur Ahmed.
Professor Dr Abul Mansur Ahmed of mass communication and journalism (MCJ) department filed a case against Associate Prof Dr Fahmidul Haq of the same department on July 12.
In the case statement, Prof Mansur alleged that Fahmidul posted on a Facebook group bringing false allegation against him.
Prof Fahmidul gave another post on the Facebook group saying sorry for his initial post, according to a press release of journalism department issued on Sunday.
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An academic meeting was held on Sunday afternoon and both the colleagues came to a mutual understanding on the issue.
MCJ Chairperson Professor Mofizur Rahman said: “After a discussion in the meeting, Prof Fahmidul expressed regret [for his initial post] and Prof Mansur expressed his willingness to withdraw the case.”
Prof Mansur has drawn flak for filing the case against his colleague under Section 57, even though he spoke against the controversial issues of the section at a student rally on July 9.
Section 57 of the ICT Act stipulates that any post, image, or video on an electronic format that “causes to deteriorate law and order, prejudice the image of the state or person or hurt religious beliefs” are non-bailable offences.
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The punishment is a minimum seven years in prison and up to a maximum of 14 years. The fines can go up to Tk1 crore.
Numerous journalists, students and teachers have been imprisoned under Section 57.
The act has been called draconian in its implementation and criticised for how it can be interpreted by law enforcement agencies.