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26 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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FR Tower Fire

ACC sues Rupayan chairman, 22 others for flouting rules

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed two cases against 23 people for gross violation of rules and regulations in constructing FR Tower, which caught fire claiming 27 lives and injuring many others. Among the persons involved in the irregularities relating to the construction of the building are the landowner, Rupayan chairman, and two former RAJUK chairmen.

The investigation following the May 28 tragedy revealed that the commercial building had the permission for 18 floors with proper fire-safety measures. However, the builder illegally constrcuted a 23-storey building with poor fire-safety measures.

ACC deputy director Abu Bakar Siddique filed the cases with the ACC’s coordinated district office Dhaka-1 yesterday, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, spokesman for the anti-graft body, told journalists.

Rupayan Housing, a local real estate firm, built the FR Tower on a land owned by SMHI Faruque on Kamal Ataturk Avenue in the capital. However, both the landowner and the developer possess the ownership of FR Tower.

Soon after the incident, the government formed four high-powered investigation committees to find out the irregularities in the construction.

A probe report of the housing and public works ministry said that five of FR Tower’s top floors had been ‘illegally’ built. It accused about 50 officials and employees of Rajuk, including two ex-chairmen, of committing irregularities in approving the building design. It also found irregularities in clearing the floors for loans.

The ACC filed the case under the Penal Code

and Clause 5(2) of 1947 of the commission. The main accused in the case are: FR Tower owner SMHI Faruk, Rupayan Group chairman Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, FR Tower Owners’ Society president and managing director of Kashem Dry Cell Tanvirul Islam.

The other accused are RAJUK former chairman KAM Harun, its former member Rezaul Karim Tarafdar, its former director Shamsul Alam, current caretaker Mofazzal Hossain, assistant director Shah Md Sadrul Alam, former chief building inspector Mahbub Hossain Sarkar, former building inspector Awrangajeb Siddique, assistant authorised officer Nazrul Islam, former caretaker Jahanara Begum, former director Meheduzzaman, lower division assistant Mojibur Rahman Mollah and office assistant Enamul Haque.

Besides, the rest of the accused are BCSIR member (finance) Shawkat Ali, additional secretary of the National Parliament Secretariat AEM Golam Kibria, deputy secretary of public administration Abdullah Al Baki, deputy divisional engineer of the Directorate of Public Works Syed Nazmul Huda and executive engineer Samsur Rahman.

Five have been accused in another case. They are the FR Tower owner Faruk and Rupayan owner Mukul, RAJUK former chairman Humayun Khadem, former chief engineer Saidur Rahman and former authorised officer Syed Makbul Ahmed.

 

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