A professor of the Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) is facing disciplinary action and could be even suspended, for posting derogatory remarks against vice-chancellor Lt Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah on Facebook. The university’s executive council held a special meeting yesterday to discuss the post by Dr Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi, an associate professor of the history department. The executive council, which held the meeting at the instance of the V-C, authorised Mr Shah to initiate action, including suspension, against Prof. Rezavi. Prof Rezavi was using derogatory words against the VC for the past one year. He had launched a string of hate mails against him and despite a warning, he did not mend his ways. Now, disciplinary action will be initiated against him,another professor of the AMU here today said. Prof. Rezavi, who is Deputy Coordinator in Centre for Advance Study in Department of History, admitted his remarks were in not in good taste. Know that my remarks were not in good taste and being a professor I should not have made them. But it was my Facebook wall and I have freedom of speech, he said. Prof. Rezavi on his Facebook wall had termed a former V-C as lotiya chor (thief) and Shah as beaql (foolish person). However the VC stated that,Freedom of speech does not mean a slanderous campaign against anyone. Rezavi was promoting such a campaign in the campus, it will not be allowed. Prof.Rezavi said he made the remarks after he found out that the V-C had called the files related to Aligarh Historian Society of (historian) Prof Irfan Habib for scrutiny. A statement by AMU Public Relations Officer said the executive council stated that Prof. Rezavi could also attract an FIR and action under the cyber law if he continued with his ‘slanderous’ activities on social media. The executive council, according to PRO’s statement, has also decided that a notification be sent to all teaching and non-teaching staff to refrain from using social sites for denigrating individuals or casting aspersion on anybody.
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