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FR Tower Design Forgery: Top court grants bail to 3 accused

  • Published at 09:52 pm November 18th, 2019
FR Tower at Banani in Dhaka catches fire on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The FR Tower incident left 25 people dead

The Supreme Court Appellate Division has granted bail to three accused in a case filed over forgery in the design of FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani.

A four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued the order after hearing separate bail petitions filed by the accused on Monday, reports UNB.

The accused are Syed Md Hossain Imam Faruq, a lessee of FR Tower, Md Aurangzeb Siddique, former building inspector of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), and its former deputy director (state) Md Sawkat Ali.

Advocate AM Amin Uddin stood for the accused while Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

On November 5, the High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam stayed the bail of three accused after hearing a petition filed by the ACC and directed them to surrender before the subordinate court within a week.

On March 27, The FR Tower caught fire which left 25 people dead and 73 injured.

The anti-graft body filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending FR Tower beyond the permitted number of floors.

During investigation, ACC found that the 23-storey building had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases with multiple blocked fire exits.

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