Md Ziaur Rahman, professor of Dhaka University's Criminology Department, has been sued under the Digital Security Act on charges of "making derogatory comments on Islam" during a live talk-show on a private television channel.
Muhammad Mahbub Alam, editor of the monthly Al Bayyinat and daily Al-Ihsan, and Md Imrul Hasan, a lawyer, today filed the two cases with the Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka respectively, Shamim Al Mamun, bench assistant of the tribunal, confirmed to The Daily Star.
After two separate hearings, Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain took the cases into cognisance and recorded the statements of both complainants.
The court also instructed the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit of police to investigate the matter and submit two separate reports to it by November 1.
According to the case documents, Professor Ziaur Rahman made anti-Islamic remarks during a talk-show on the private television channel DBC News on October 20 which "hurt the people's religious sentiments".