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Rana Plaza owner gets 3 years jail in ACC case

  • Published at 02:16 pm August 29th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:14 pm August 29th, 2017
Rana Plaza owner gets 3 years jail in ACC case
A Dhaka court has sentenced Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana to three years imprisonment in a case filed for not submitting wealth statement to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Judge KM Imrul Kayes of Dhaka Special Judges Court gave the verdict Tuesday afternoon. The court also fined him Tk50,000, in default, he will have to serve extra three months in jail. The trial against Rana began on March 23 after the court framed charges against him in the case filed by ACC Deputy Director Mahbubul Alam. The deputy director had filed the case with Ramna police station on May 20, 2015. On April 1, 2015, the ACC sent a notice to a senior jail superintendent of Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur where Rana remained detained to convey the message to him (Rana) that the ACC asked him to submit his wealth statement to it within ACC-stipulated time. On April 26, 2015, Rana sent back the notice without giving any information of his wealth statement. On behalf of Rana, his wife made a plea before the ACC seeking more time for submitting the wealth statement. The commission rejected the appeal on May 18, 2015 and approved filing a non-submission case. According to the ACC inquiry report, Rana built two commercial buildings — Rana Plaza and Rana Tower — in Savar with ill-gotten money. He also has a five-storey residential building in Savar. On April 28, 2013, Rana was arrested from Benapole while he was trying to flee to India. At least 1,136 people were killed in the Rana Plaza collapse on April 24, 2013.