HC order stays Rana Plaza case trial proceedings
Published : Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 692
Testimony in the murder case lodged over the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza building, causing death to around 1,200 people on April 24 in 2013, is stuck by a stay order issued by the High Court (HC) over the proceedings of the trial.
Sessions Judge SM Quddus Zaman of Dhaka District on July 18 in 2016, framed the charges against 39 accused in the murder case filed by police over the incident.
"After the indictment, a couple of accused filed appeals with the High Court, challenging the legality of the lower court order. The High Court, after that, issued a stay order on the proceedings of the case," public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan, told journalists.
"Accused Savar municipality mayor M Refat Ullah and commissioner of Ward-7 Haji Mohammad Ali filed successful stay order that is still in effect and that is why we have not been able to examine any witnesses in this case for long three years," he said.
The state counsel, however, hoped that the stay order for these two accused too will be withdrawn soon and the testimony of the witnesses will start in the case.
The public prosecutor also said there is no progress either in another case filed for building code violation over the same incident.
In the case filed over violation of building codes, Dhaka additional chief judicial magistrate court on June 14 in 2016, framed charges against Rana and 17 others.
The trial could not proceed as several revision cases challenging the order for framing charges were pending with two lower courts.
When asked whether a lower court concerned has acquitted Phantom Apparels Ltd chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam from the charges in the revision case, public prosecutor Khandaker Abdul Mannan said they have no knowledge about this.
"If he has really been acquitted, we would file appeal against it with the High Court," he added.
"A couple of accused had filed revision pleas against the charge framing order in the case. Of those pleas, three have been disposed of and Dhaka second additional district and session judge court was scheduled to pass order on rest of the pleas on April 15, but it did not come up with the judgment on that day," state counsel Anarul Kabir Babul told the state news agency BSS.
Babul further said after the disposal of the revision pleas, the hearing of the case can be started once again.
At least 1,136 people, mostly garment workers, were killed and over 2,500 others injured in the building collapse on April 24 in 2013.