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FR Tower fire: Faruque out on bail in building design fraud case

  • Published at 06:58 pm August 20th, 2019
File photo: Detective Branch (DB) of police present SMHI Faruque and Tasvir Ul Islam - arrested in a case filed over the FR Tower fire - before media in front of the DB office in Dhaka on Sunday, March 31, 2019 Courtesy

Around 25 people were killed in a devastating fire that broke out in FR Tower

A Dhaka court on Tuesday granted bail till August 29 to SMHI Faruque, landowner of FR Tower, in a case filed for falsification in the design of the ill-fated FR Tower in Banani, Dhaka.

Dhaka Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes issued bail, though Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Deputy Director Abubakkar Siddique, their case investigation officer (IO), produced Faruque in court, seeking an order to keep him in jail until the end of the probe.

Defence counsel Baharul Islam submitted a petition seeking bail for his client, while Public Prosecutor Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, representing ACC, opposed the bail petition.

The court granted bail to Faruque considering his age and health.

On Monday, ACC arrested Faruque, one of the owners of the building, from Dhaka’s Gulshan area.

On Monday, Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court had granted bail to Tasvirul Islam, one of the owners of FR Tower till 29 August in a case filed for forgery in the design of FR Tower.

The anti graft watchdog on Sunday arrested Tasvirul Islam, chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd in Segunbagicha, Dhaka.

A devastating fire engulfed several floors of the FR Tower on March 27 last, leaving 25 people dead and 73 others injured. 

During investigation, ACC found that the 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm system in place, had narrow exit points and staircases, and fire exits were blocked.

The building authorities had legally obtained permission for a 15-storey structure but they made FR Tower a 23-storey high rise building over time. 

On June 25, 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 the tower beyond the permitted number of floors.

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