FR Tower fire: Former Rajuk chairman excluded from charge sheet

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday dropped the names of seven people including former Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) chairman Humayun Khadem from the charge sheet of a case filed over the FR Tower fire.

ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattachariya told UNB that the anti-corruption watchdog approved the charge sheet against 18 people while seven others including the former Rajuk chairman were excluded from it.

On June 25 last year, ACC Deputy Director Abu Bakar Siddique filed two cases with ACC’s integrated district office Dhaka-1 to this end.

On November 23, a Dhaka court granted bail to the ailing Humayun Khadem, who appeared before the court on a stretcher.

The other accused in the case include Syed Md Hossain Imam Faruque, leaseholder of FR Tower, Liakat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Housing Estate, Tasvir Ul Islam, one of the FR Tower owners and managing director of Quasem Industries Limited.

The 23-storied FR Tower caught fire on March 28 last year, leaving 25 people dead and 73 others injured.

ACC found that the building had narrow exit points and staircases, and no fire alarm. Also, the fire exits were blocked.

The FR Tower authority had permission for a 15-story building, but they had Rupayan illegally add eight more floors over time.

Source: United News of Bangladesh