The High Court has extended its stay order on the bail granted by a lower court to Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza -- which collapsed in April 2013 leaving at least 1,135 people dead -- in a corruption case.
The stay order on the lower court bail of Sohel Rana will continue till disposal of the rule, the HC said.
The HC also issued a rule asking the state to explain in four weeks why the lower court order that granted bail to Sohel Rana in the case should not be scrapped.
The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Ahmed Sohel came up with the order and rule after virtually hearing a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (AC'C) seeking cancellation of the lower court order that granted bail to Sohel Rana.
The ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan today moved the same petition before the HC bench for its hearing.
Sohel Rana cannot be released from jail following today's HC order, Khurshid Alam Khan told The Daily Star.
ACC filed the case with Savar Model Police Station on December 31, 2017 against Sohel Rana on charge of amassing wealth worth Tk 2.54 crore beyond known sources of income.
A Dhaka court on May 17 this year granted bail to Sohel Rana in the corruption case.
Following the ACC's petition, the virtual HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder on June 8 stayed the lower court order that granted bail to Sohel Rana.
Lawyer Khurshid Alarm Khan appeared for the ACC and Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state and lawyer Alamgir Hossain argued for Sohel Rana.