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FR Tower fire: Appellate Division clears way for arrests

  • Published at 08:43 pm July 29th, 2019
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File photo: Fire Service working to douse the fire at FR Tower of Banani in Dhaka on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The SC also scrapped a High Court order that directed the two Rajuk officials to surrender before a lower court in six weeks in connection with a case

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has paved the way for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to arrest two officials of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), in a case filed for irregularities over the design of FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani.

A two-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Monday following hearing two writ petitions filed by the ACC. 

The two officials are Rajuk Inspector Aurangzeb Siddique Nannu and Authorised Officer Md Nazrul Islam.

The SC also scrapped a High Court order that directed the two Rajuk officials to surrender before a lower court in six weeks in connection with a case.

Following the order, the ACC can arrest the two Rajuk officials in connection with the case.

On July 16, the High Court asked former Rajuk chairman Engineer KM Harun and the two existing officials to surrender before a lower court.

The High Court also granted Harun six-week anticipatory bail and rejected the bail petition of the two Rajuk officials, Aurangzeb Siddique Nannu and Md Nazrul Islam.

On March 27, a deadly fire broke out at FR Tower, killing 25 people and injuring 73 others.

Later, the ACC filed a case with Gulshan polices station in June, accusing the trio of committing corruption and forging design plan of Banani’s FR Tower.