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Another FR Tower owner held

Published : Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 772

SMHI Faruque, the landowner of Banani's FR Tower, has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission in a case over design forgery charge.
A team of the anti-corruption watchdog arrested Faruk at noon from Gulshan-2 area on Monday (Aug 19).
His arrest came a day after the ACC arrested Tasvir Ul Islam, another owner of the FR Tower, in the same case.
Meanwhile, Tasvirul Islam, one of the owners of Banani's FR Tower  was granted bail by a Dhaka Court on Monday in a case filed over illegally extending
the high-rise building that caught fire in March. Tasvirul Islam is the president of Kurigram district BNP.
Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Senior Special Judge Court passed the order after hearing on bail petition.
 Advocate Ehsanul Hague Samaji moved his bail prayer while ACC prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajol and Mahmud Hossain Jahangir objected the bail petition for the ACC.
Tasvirul was arrested from Segunbagicha area on Sunday afternoon   
BNP leader Tasvir and Rupayan Group Chairman Liaquat Ali Khan Mukul were named in the cases altogether.
On Mar 28, a deadly fire in FR Tower claimed 26 lives and injured more than 70.
Multiple inquiries were open to probe the incident and determine the ones responsible for the design malpractice that ended up killing and injuring so many.
On Jul 30, ACC arrested Rajuk Assistant Director Shah Md Badrul Alam in the same case.
The 23 accused in the cases include a former chairman of Rajuk, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd and several government officials.
In an ACC enquiry, it was discovered that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm, narrow exit points and staircases, blocked fire exits and other issues.
Besides, although the authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey building, they made the FR Tower a 23-storey building with time. As a result, the casualties peaked.
On June 25, the ACC filed two separate cases against 25 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending the building from 16th floor to 23th.

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