ACC files case against Savar mayor, Rana’s parents

Staff Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Sunday filed a case against the owners of Rana Plaza, as well as the mayor of Savar municipality, for their involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.
The ACC filed the case against 17 people in total, including Rana Plaza owners Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, parents of Sohel Rana, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah.
The commission filed the case with Savar model police station under the corruption prevention act, an ACC official told reporters.
The commission acting chairman, M Shahabuddin, said the commission
found that the actual owners of Rana Plaza were Sohel Rana’s parents.
‘They signed all papers related to Rana Plaza and they also gave taxes to the municipality,’ Shahabuddin said.
He said that the commission will include Rana’s name in the charge sheet if the commission’s investigation finds his involvement in the construction process.
‘If anyone provides a statement that Rana was one of the owners of the building, we will take necessary action,’ he added.
Shahabuddin also said the commission is considering filing cases against Rana and his parents on the sources of their wealth, an inquiry into which is already underway.
The commission will take a decision at its meeting in a few days whether to arrest the accused in the case, he said.
According to the ACC findings, Savar municipality gave permission for the extension of the Plaza to 10-storey, though the municipality had no authority to give approval beyond six-storey.
Rana Plaza collapsed in Savar on April 24, 2013 killing 1,138 people – most of them were female garment workers.
The ACC also found that though the owners had only got approval for setting up a shopping mall, it was used to house RMG factories.
The other accused are– architecture of the building and associate professor of architecture at Khulna University ATM Masud Reza, 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 also sued the three garment owners who rented the floors of 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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