The Supreme Court yesterday granted bail to three men accused of forging the design of 23-storey FR Tower.
The bail cleared the way for land owner Syed Hossain Imam Faruque, former Rajuk inspector Aurangzeb Siddique Nannu, and former Rajuk deputy director Shawkat Ali to walk out of jail.
The apex court also stayed the High Court orders that halted the lower court orders which granted bails to the trio in the forgery case and directed the accused to surrender before the lower court concerned within seven days.
A devastating fire in the 23-storey FR Tower in the capital’s Banani left at least 25 people dead and 73 injured in March this year.
Yesterday, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the orders after hearing three separate petitions filed by the three accused.
Their lawyer AM Aminuddin told The Daily Star that there was no legal bar to his clients’ release from jail following the SC orders.
A Dhaka court on November 17 sent the three accused to jail after they surrendered there following an SC order.
Khurshid Alam Khan represented the Anti-Corruption Commission in the case.
During hearing three other petitions filed by Faruque, Aurangzeb and Shawkat, the SC on November 11 ruled that they must surrender to the trial court concerned in seven days.
The HC on November 5 stayed lower court orders that granted bails to Faruque, Aurangzeb and Shawkat in the case and also directed them to surrender before the lower court concerned within seven days.
It also issued separate rules asking the accused and the government as to why the lower court orders should not be scrapped.
Judge KM Emrul Kayesh of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court gave bail to Faruque, Aurangzeb and Shawkat on August 20, September 1 and 5 respectively.