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20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 August, 2019 01:43:22 AM
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Banani FR Tower fire

Landlord Faruque held, Tasvir gets bail

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday arrested SMHI Faruque, the land owner of Banani’s FR Tower, in a case filed over the charges of design forgery, while a Dhaka court granted an ad-interim bail to Tasvir Ul Islam, one of the owners of the tower, in connection with a case filed over his alleged involvement in illegally extending the building by creating fake design.

A team of the anti-graft watchdog arrested Faruque yesterday noon from capital’s Gulshan-2 area. His arrest came a day after the ACC arrested Tasvir Ul Islam in the same case. Around 25 people were killed and 73 others were injured in the massive fire that broke out in the FR Tower on March 27 this year. Meanwhile, Tasvir secured his bail a day after he was arrested by the ACC in connection with a case of illegally extending the building with fake design.

Considering his health condition and old age, Judge KM Emrul Kayes of Senior Special Judge’s Court of Dhaka granted bail to Tasvir till August 29.

Earlier on March 31, Faruque, the land owner of FR Tower, and Tasvir were both arrested and placed on seven-day remand each. The two were later released on bail.

Earlier on June 25, the ACC filed two cases against 23 people, including FR Tower owners and two chairmen of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.

On July 30, the ACC arrested Rajuk Assistant Director Shah Md Badrul Alam in the same case.

Tasvir, also a BNP leader, and Rupayan Group Chairman Liaquat Ali Khan Mukul were named in the cases altogether.

According to Rajuk, the FR Tower did not have permission for its top four floors and there was no fire-protected staircase in the 22-storey building that housed dozens of offices.

Multiple inquiries were opened to probe into the incident and determine the ones responsible for the design malpractice that ended up killing and injuring of so many. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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