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ACC sues Rana Plaza owner on charge of accumulating illegal wealth
Observer Online Desk
Published : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015,  Time : 6:29 PM,  View Count : 36
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday registered a case against Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, for allegedly accumulating wealth illegally, reports UNB.

ACC deputy director Mahbubur Rahman filed the case with Ramna Police Station in the capital, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.

On April 2, 2015, the Commission sent a notice to a senior jail superintendent of Kashimpur Jail in Gazipur where Rana remained detained to convey the message to him (Rana) that the ACC asked him to submit his wealth statement to it within ACC-stipulated time.

Although Rana is in prison now, his wife submitted an application to the ACC seeking time extension to submit the wealth report, but the Commission rejected the plea and it gave approval on May 18 for lodging a non-submission case against Rana.

After the deadly Rana Plaza collapse on 24 April 2013, the ACC decided to conduct a probe against Rana to know how he accumulated a huge wealth, and formed a two-member inquiry team in this regard.

According to the ACC inquiry report, Rana built two commercial buildings -- Rana Plaza and Rana Tower -- in Savar with ill-gotten money. He also has a five-storey residential building in Savar.

Apart from the buildings, Rana, who was arrested after the building collapse on April 29, 2013, has huge movable and immovable wealth, ACC sources said.

On April 12, 2015, the ACC also filed separate cases against his parents -- Morzina Begum and Abdul Khaleque -- on charge of amassing wealth worth around Tk 17 crore illegally.

The Rana Plaza collapse is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history claiming the lives of 1,129 people and leaving approximately 2,515 injured.


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