Rana Plaza: ACC to reinvestigate the case

Rana Plaza: ACC to reinvestigate the case


Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court on Sunday directed the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to reinvestigate into the case filed in connection with the construction of ‘Rana Plaza’ building with a faulty design.Dhaka’s Divisional Special Judge M Atoar Rahman passed the order and fixed May 8 for submission of the charge sheet of the case after reinvestigation.

The court has also said that those who had been involved in making the faulty design of ‘Rana Plaza’ as well as those approved it were not made accused in the case and the case needs further investigation as it is a sensitive incident.

On June 15, 2014, SM Mafidul Islam, Deputy-Assistant Director of ACC, filed a case against 17 people, including Sohel Rana and his parents, on charge of constructing Rana Plaza building with a faulty design. Later, Mafidul Islam submitted the charge sheet against 18 people to the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Dhaka.

Sohel Rana and his parents- Abdul Khaleque and Marjina Begum, Savar Municipality’s mayor Refat Ullah, former chief executive officer of Savar Municipality Uttam Kumar Roy, its executive engineer Rafiqul Islam, commissioner Haji M Ali Khan (Ward 7, Savar), architect ATM Masud Reza, Engr Sazzad Hossain and former town planner of Savar Municipality Farjana Islam were, among others, included in the charge sheet.

The commercial complex, built with a faulty design at Savar on the outskirts of capital Dhaka, collapsed on April 24, 2013 killing over 1,136 people and injuring some 2,515.

The local municipality had given approval in 2007 to construct a five storied structure, but the building owner built an eight storied commercial complex on wetland, triggering the collapse.


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