Court accepts charges against owner, 17 others
A Dhaka court yesterday took cognisance of the charge against Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, his father Abdul Khaleque and 16 others in one of the two cases filed over the collapse of the nine-storey building that left 1,136 people dead.
The court issued a warrant for arrest of Rana's mother Marzina Begum and five others as they have been absconding since the case was filed on April 24, 2013. Sohel Rana is in jail while his father is out on bail.
They were charged with violation of building codes when constructing the building that housed several garment factories.
The court also asked Savar police to submit the report on execution of the order by August 18.
The court fixed the same date to decide whether it would accept charges against Rana and 40 others in another case filed over the killings. The court also asked the labour and housing and public works ministries for permission, by August 18, to include four government officials in the charge sheet in the kiling case.
Another Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 13 for hearing on charge framing against 13 people, including Tazreen Fashions Ltd chairman and its managing director, in a case filed over the devastating fire that killed 112 workers and injured many others in November 2012.