The probe body formed to investigate Banani FR tower fire identified 40 corrupt Rajuk officials, including its former chairman Humayun Khadem guilty of irregularities.
Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim disclosed the findings of the fact-finding committee at a press conference at the ministry’s conference room on Wednesday.“The committee has also found out that 18th to 2rd floor of the building were completely illegal.”
The FR tower authorities tried to show their approved building plan but it couldn’t be found in RAJUK’s record. In collaboration with some dishonest RAJUK officials, developers and owners of the tower got a building plan but it did not have any legal base.
“In the probe, we have found the involvement of RAJUK officials starting from the chairmen to the inspector, registrar, even some were also involved the process for arranging loans for the construction of the building, directly and indirectly. Legal action will be taken against them,” the minister said.
The fact-finding committee was led by additional secretary Md Yeakub Ali Patawary.
“RAJUK also formed a fact-finding committee. We have seen that the most of the fact-finding committee reports don’t see the light of day but we have successfully published it,” SM Rezaul Karim said.
The committee has identified that up to the 15th floor of the tower was built with due permission. Even the construction of up to 18th floor was done after getting approval, but the due process had not been followed in granting the approval.“Legal action will be taken against the officials who were involved in granting the approval illegally. We will write to the ministry of public administration for action if necessary. Those who went into retirement will also be taken under the law. Departmental action will be taken against those who are still in service at RAJUK,” the minister said.
Mentioning that the ministry has proper documents and evidence based on the findings, he said, ‘a number of anomalies have been identified in the probe. Those who have been found guilty in the probe, there is no chance for them to skip the charges as we have found primary evidence.”
The minister also disclosed the results of a survey carried out by RAJUK on high-rise buildings following the FR tower fire.
The survey found that 1,136 buildings had their designs approved by RAJUK, while 207 buildings had their designs approved by other organisations expect for RAJUK. The number of buildings of which the owners have failed to produce design is 431 and the number of government buildings that have failed to produce design is 44.
Action will be taken against those who could not produce the design, while the illegal portion of the buildings will be demolished, the minister informed.
24 teams of RAJUK inspected the high rise building under its jurisdiction following FR tower fire.
Secretary Md Shahid Ullah Khandaker, additional secretary Md Yeakub Ali Patawary, chief architect of the department of architecture Kazi Golam Nasir were also present at the press conference.