ACC to sue Savar municipality mayor, Rana’s parents

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday approved a case against 17 people, including Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana’s parents and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, over their alleged involvement with irregularities in constructing the building.
The commission will file the case next week with Savar police station under the corruption prevention act, ACC official told reporters.
According to the ACC findings, Savar municipality gave permission for the extension of the Plaza to 10 storeys, though the municipality had no authority to give approval beyond six storeys.
Rana Plaza had collapsed in Savar on April 24, 2013 killing 1,138 people – most of them female garment workers.
The ACC also found that though the owners had only gotten approval for setting up a shopping mall, it was being used to house RMG factories.
The 17 people include Rana’s father Abdul Khalek, his mother Morjina Begum, architecture of the building and associate professor of architecture at Khulna University ATM Masud Reza. Also included are members of the municipality including Savar municipality ward-7 councilor Mohammad Ali Khan, former chief executive officer Uttam Kumar Ray, engineer Sajjad Hossain, assistant engineer Mahabubur Rahman, former town planner Farzana Islam, license inspector Abdul Muttalib and its former secretaries, Morjina Khan and Abul Bashar.
The commission will also sue the three garment owners who were renting floors on the building – Phantom Apparels Ltd chairman Mohammad Aminul Islam, New Wave Bottom Limited managing director Bazlus Samad and Ether Tex Limited chairman Azizur Rahman.

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