Design Forgery Case

FR Tower owner Faruk, 2 others sent to jail

Sun Online Desk

18th November, 2019 01:56:59 printer

FR Tower owner Faruk, 2 others sent to jail

A Dhaka court has ordered three people, including SMHI Faruk, to jail in a case that involves charges of forging the design of fire-ravaged FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani, media reports.

Dhaka Metropolitan Senior Special Judge KM Imrul Kayes passed the order after rejecting their bail pleas on Sunday.

The other suspects in the case are former RAJUK building inspectors Aurangzeb Siddique and Shawkat Ali.

Earlier on Nov 5, the High Court scrapped bail for the three men and asked them to surrender to the trial court within seven days, following an appeal from the Anti-Corruption Commission.

On Mar 28, a deadly fire swept through FR Tower in Dhaka's Banani, leaving 27 people dead. Investigations into the incident later found irregularities relating to the building's construction.

Engineer SMHI Faruk is the main owner of the land on which the high-rise office bloc was built by developer Rupayan Housing Estate Limited.

On Jun 25, the ACC filed a case against 23 people, including BNP leader Tasvir Ul Islam, who is one of the other owners of FR Tower, for constructing the building with a forged design.