ACC finally implicates Rana in Rana Plaza case

New Age Online

The Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday approved a charge sheet into the Rana Plaza construction case including the name of building owner, Sohel Rana, an ACC official said.
ACC commissioner M Shahabuddin told New Age the graft-watch body will appeal to the court to show Sohel Rana arrested in the case.
Investigation officer of the case SM Mofidul Islam will submit the charge sheet before a special court in Dhaka within a day or two, the commissioner said.
The commission on June 15 filed a case against 17 people, including Rana’s parents Abdul Khalek and Morjina Begum, whose names were mentioned in the documents of ownership, and Savar municipality mayor Refayet Ullah, with Savar model police station.
ACC said it included Rana’s name in the charge sheet as one of the main accused, for his alleged involvement in tampering with the construction of the collapsed building.
The commission investigation found two witnesses who confirmed that Rana was actually owned the building and controlled its construction while his parents were owners of the building in papers only, an ACC official 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.

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