ACC arrest land owner for FR tower design forgery


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Monday arrested SMHI Faruque, the land owner of FR Tower, in a case filed over forgery in the design of Banani’s high rise building that caught fire in March this year, reports BSS.

A team led by Abu Bakar Siddique, deputy director (DD) of ACC, also the plaintiff of the case, arrested Faruque from Gulshan-2 this noon, said ACC’s public relations officer (PRO) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya. The ACC arrested another owner Tasvir Ul Islam, also chairman of Quasem Industries Ltd , from Segunbagicha area on Sunday.

The national anti-graft body filed two cases against 23 people for their alleged involvement in illegally extending Banani’s FR Tower. The building caught fire on March 27 this year which left 25 people dead. The building owners had given permission for a 15-storey building but they made the FR Tower a 23-storey one violating the permission. The 23-storey FR Tower had no fire alarm while it has narrow exit points and staircases and the fire exits are blocked, the ACC found during its investigation.