A 51-year-old Assam professor was bailed out by a local court in Assam’s Hailakandi district on 21st May, Saturday, just hours after being arrested.
Assam Professor sent emails to Authorities criticizing States CM
Jamir Ahmed Choudhury, an associate professor at SS College, was charged with “criticizing government policies” in emails to authorities and using “unparliamentary language” against the state’s chief minister and education minister, according to the police.
“These emails were addressed to the deputy commissioner as well as the district superintendent of police. On Thursday, we brought him in for questioning and scheduled him for the following day,”
“However, on the same day (he was detained), the chief judicial magistrate court granted him bail,” said a senior Hailakandi police official, adding that the professor’s probe would continue.
Choudhury was the head of the college’s philosophy department, according to the police. “He used unparliamentary language when referring to the chief minister in his emails,” the officer said, adding that Choudhury also condemned the government’s annual ‘Gunotsav’ school program “on behalf of his kid, who studies in class four.”
On Friday, 20th May, a suo motu case was filed against the Assam professor, who was charged under numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 153 A (promoting enmity between different communities and acts injurious to harmony), 294 A (uttering obscene language), and 83(2) of the Justice Juvenile Act (using children for illegal activities).
Assam Professor Choudhury was summoned for questioning on Thursday, according to SS College principal Amalendu Bhattacharjee. “We know he was taken in for interrogation,” he continued, “but we haven’t received any formal information from the police on the arrest.” Choudhury has been teaching at the college for 10-12 years, according to him.