Court orders arrest of six fugitives over Rana Plaza building construction

A Dhaka court has admitted charges in a case over illegal construction of Rana Plaza building at Savar and issued arrest warrant for six people running from the law.

Published : 8 July 2015, 07:19 PM
Updated : 8 July 2015, 07:19 PM

The court on Wednesday did not, however, accept the charge-sheet in the murder case filed over the incident since four government officials have been named.
Law requires government clearance for initiation of legal proceedings against public servants of certain categories.
Dhaka's Senior Judicial Magistrate Shahinur Rahman set Aug 18 to take cognisance of the charge-sheet, subject to approval by the authorities.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Assistant Superintendent Bijay Krishna Kar on June 1 pressed charges in the court of Dhaka’s Chief Judicial Magistrate in the two cases.
Rana Plaza, which housed five readymade garment factories, collapsed in a heap on Apr 24, 2013.

Official figures put the death toll at 1,135, mostly workers of the factories. At least 2,458 people were rescued from the rubble.
Savar police filed a case for negligent deaths, accusing 21 including the building owner, Sohel Rana.
But police brought charges, condemnable to death, against 41 in the murder case.
The investigator pressed charges against 18 in the case filed for flouting Bangladesh National Building Code.
Seventeen have been named in both the charges-sheets.
A total of 594 have been made prosecution witnesses in the murder case and 130 in the lawsuit under the Building Construction Act 1952.

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