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Chargesheet filed against Rupayan chairman among 18

Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 19:18, 25 November 2020  
Chargesheet filed against Rupayan chairman among 18

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved chargesheets against 18 people, including the chairman of the Rupayan Group, for allegedly falsifying the design of the FR tower in the capital's Banani. At the same time, 8 new accused have been released and 5 new ones have been included in the chargesheet.

The chargesheet has been approved by the ACC head office today (Wednesday). Commission Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya confirmed the matter.

June 25, 2019, the deputy director of the commission Abubakar Siddique filed a case accusing 20 people. He was the investigating officer too.

It may be mentioned that the ACC issued a chargesheet on October 29, 2019 alleging that the construction of FR Tower up to 15 storeys was extended to 18 storeys through violation of building rules and design forgery. In the chargesheet, five people including SMHI Faruq of FR Tower Bhaban and Liaquat Ali Khan Mukul, chairman of Rupayan Group were accused.

After 27 people were killed in a horrific fire at the FR Tower on March 28, 2019, various irregularities in the construction of the building began to surface.

Engineer SMHI Faruq was the original owner of the land on Kamal Ataturk Avenue. The building was constructed on a partnership basis by Rupayan Housing Estate Limited. That is why the building is called FR Tower for short.

After the fire, various government agencies formed four investigation committees. Among them, the investigation committee of the Ministry of Housing and Public Works identified more than 50 officials and employees, including the former chairman of RAJUK, for violating the rules and deviating from the construction.

The report said the 18-storey design of the FR Tower was approved in violation of the rules. Corruption took place at various levels to give legitimacy to the design of five more floors. There was also a building code violation in the construction of FR Tower.